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Phrasal Verbs: CALL

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Today we're going to look at phrasal verbs with the word 'call'. Read these definitions and examples, and then try to complete the activity below.

Call someone back: Return a phonecall to someone who tried to phone you.

Example: “Matthew phoned and asked me on a date, but I don’t want to go so I won’t call him back.”

Call something off: Cancel

Example: “Only one person chose the course, so the professor had to call it off.”

Call on someone (1): To ask for an answer or response

“I was sitting in front of her and when she finished talking she called on me to continue the lecture.”

Call on someone (2): to visit someone (usually in their home)

Example: “Hi Margaret, we called on you last night but you weren’t home.”

Call someone up: to phone someone

Example: “I can’t wait to call her up and tell her that I’m going to visit her in July!”


  • I called him at his mother's house but he had already gone out.
  • Tracey was too busy to host the party last night so she called it and we went to the pub instead.
  • They called me to tell me that I got the job, and I almost cried!
  • You never called me so I got upset!
  • I didn't study so if Mr. Granger calls on to comment on the lecture, I will fail the class!