Telephones and Telephoning
The telephone is a very important part of our lives. The following ten expressions are parts of telephones or things that are connected with telephones in some way...
Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Receiver / handset
2) Keypad / Dial
3) Earpiece / Mouthpiece
4) Phone box
5) The phone book
6) The Yellow Pages
8) Directory Enquiries
9) The dial tone
10) Reverse charges
How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) All of the phrases are nouns apart from phrase 10. Phrase 10 is a verb phrase.
2) Phrases in 1 describe the part of a telephone that you hold in your hand. “Receiver” is a more popular expression in the UK.
3) Phrases in 2 are the part of the telephone that we use to enter the number with our fingers. Modern telephones have a keypad. (Older phones had a dial with numbers arranged in a circle.)
4) In phrase 4, a phone box is a very small building that contains a public pay-phone. In the UK, traditional phone boxes are painted a bright red colour.
5) In phrase 5, the phone book is a large book (directory) containing all the telephone numbers of people living in a city or area.
6) In phrase 6, the “Yellow Pages” is a large book or directory containing the telephone numbers of businesses and organisations in one area.
7) In phrase 7, the operator is a person who you can call and ask for help telephoning or making a connection.
8) In phrase 8, “Directory Enquiries” is a company that you can call and ask the telephone number of a person or business.
9) In phrase 9, the “dial tone” is the sound that you hear when you first pick up the receiver, before you dial any numbers.
10) In phrase 10, you can “reverse charges” if you don't have money and you want the person who you are calling to pay for the call. To do this you need to call the operator.
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