Again: What is the Correct Form?

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Again: What is the Correct Form?

 

Call-up or call up? In the context to call somebody.

 

Thanks.

asked May 15 '13 at 07:11 Luis Afonso New member

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I will call you up later.  call up is grammatically correct.

link comment answered May 15 '13 at 11:33 sanjay Expert
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Call-up would work if it didn't come after a noun.

For example: Call-up Tom whenever you get a chance.

Call up would work if it came after a noun.

For example: I will call you up later. For example: I needl you to call up Tom whenever you get a chance.

link comment answered May 17 '13 at 15:52 brandon helling New member
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In the US, we don't often use "call up" when telephoning someone.  There is no instance that I can think of that should have a hyphen.  Brandon's example makes no sense to me.

 

"Call up Tom whenever you get a chance" is an instruction with the implied subject of you.  There is no difference between the verb in that sentence and his second sentence - no reason to add a hyphen.

 

When telephoning:  I will call you later.


We add the word "up" when some sort of upward movement is involved. 

 

Call up Tom from the basement.  Dinner is ready.

They will call up Tom from the minor leagues soon.

link comment answered May 17 '13 at 17:32 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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