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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:48:46 AM
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Hi,

One sense of the verb "call" is "to shout loudly." I'd like to know whether the preposition "to" is optional in the following sentences:

George was just sneaking out when his sister called (to) him.

He called out (to) his brother for help.

I'd appreciate your help.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 3:16:09 PM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

One sense of the verb "call" is "to shout loudly." I'd like to know whether the preposition "to" is optional in the following sentences:

George was just sneaking out when his sister called (to) him.

He called out (to) his brother for help.

I'd appreciate your help.


"to" should be included to convey the sense of the word "call". Without it, the call could mean a phone call, but when "to" is used, it conveys the idea of a loud voice being directed to someone.


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