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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:22:03 PM
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Hello,

Quote:

put v
put sb/st on phr v
15 TELEPHONE put sbon to give someone 1 the telephone so that they can talk to someone 2 who is telephoning:
Can you put Janet on?
(LONGMAN Exams Dictionary, the numbers 1, 2 and underlining added)


I can’t quite understand the relationship between 'someone 1', 'they' and 'someone 2'?
Are 'someone 1' and 'someone 2' the same person?

Please explain the relationship in detail.



Thank you.
ARMECH
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:55:15 AM
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I'll explain with an illustration :

Mary calls to speak to Jim, but Jim's brother John answers the call.

someone 1 is Jim, someone 2 is Mary.


sureshot
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:12:58 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

put v
put sb/st on phr v
15 TELEPHONE put sbon to give someone 1 the telephone so that they can talk to someone 2 who is telephoning:
Can you put Janet on?
(LONGMAN Exams Dictionary, the numbers 1, 2 and underlining added)


I can’t quite understand the relationship between 'someone 1', 'they' and 'someone 2'?
Are 'someone 1' and 'someone 2' the same person?

Please explain the relationship in detail.


Thank you.


________________

Someone 1: Refers to the person you wish to talk to on the phone(= the person being handed over the phone).
Someone 2: Refers to the person who has originated the call.

Instead of getting bogged down with the pronouns, it would be easier to use nouns and understand the phrasal verb "put somebody on".

Imagine ABC has dialled a number to speak to XYZ ("Janet" in this case). However, PQR has picked up the phone. There can be a variety of reasons for this to happen. The request "Can you put Janet on?" has been spoken by ABC to PQR. PQR is expected to do the needful and hand over the phone to XYZ (= Janet). The most likely response you are like to get is "I'll put her on (the phone)." However, if PQR is working in a telephone exchange etc, the response could be "I'll put you through to her" or perhaps "I'll connect you to her."













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