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    Right expression

    What is the right expression
    speak on the phone or
    speak over the phone


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    #2

    Re: Right expression

    Either would be acceptable in most circumstances. Don't give it another thought.


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    Actually, both are used.

    In general, a person telephones/rings another, and they speak on the phone.
    I may not be able to visit family in another town very often, but anytime we need, we can speak to each other on the phone.
    ..........
    However, I might say to a business associate that we will need to talk about some deal or other; that we don't need to have a meeting about it, we can do the deal 'over the phone'.

    A lot of my banking these days is not done by going into a bank, but by ringing a central number and doing my banking business over the phone.
    Hence, something can be done in person, via email, or over the phone - take your pick. If I decide to do some business over the phone, then of course, I will be speaking to someone on the phone.
    Last edited by David L.; 06-Mar-2009 at 12:19.


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    Clarity, kitosdad, clarity!


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    Danke David, danke. LOL.


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    Thank God you have a sense of humour and don't take umbrage at the drop of a remark!

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