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After his first year in the minor league, Henry was ________ to play for the major league.

Stan was very confident that his interview went well. He was sure that he would be __________ for a second interview.

This job is very demanding and calls ____ an experienced manager with lots of patience and determination.

It seems this problem is much greater than our technician can handle. We'll need to call ____ a specialist.

Mr. Gaad, my son is very sorry for breaking your window. I call ___ your understanding.

As a first year nurse at the hospital, Sandra needs to be _____ call for night shifts, meaning she needs to be ready to go to the hospital whenever they need her.

Since the weather forecast predicts heavy rains on Saturday, we'll have to call _____ the picnic.

Mr. Burov: I have an important meeting today, but I have a terrible flu.
Mrs. Burov: Honey, you need to call ____ sick. You can't go to work like this.

Phillip: My boss really appreciated all my hard work. I got a promotion!
Elizabeth: That's great! This __________ a celebration!

If you're in trouble again, don't hesitate to call ____ me for help.


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174 Comments on “10 Phrasal Verbs with CALL: call for, call up, call in, call upon…”


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Yeeeah my first Commentary! Thanks Adam.

I would like more lessons about expressions or slangs

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

    Hi Adam
    I love the way You explain
    All it seems so obvious ,and I always got 10/10 :)

    Thursday, August 18th 2016

      I like phrasal verbs because they make my talking more natural and a bit more colorful.

      However some of them are not part of my active vocabulary owning to my profession, occupation, you name it.

      How do I keep these in my long term memory?

      Engaging lesson Adam! Bye for now.

      Saturday, August 20th 2016

        Hi Regino,

        Reading is the best advice I can give. Other than that, write. ;)

        Friday, September 2nd 2016

Call on and Call for are too confusing!!! always mix me up… :(

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

Thank you Adam. You didn’t mention that “call on” also means “to make a short visit” in British English.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

    Quite true Katrin.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you Adam.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

Hi guys!In the 8th question, what is the explanation for the use of “call in”? It sounds a bit strange to me to say “call in sick”.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

    You need to call in sick. I guess it similar with you have to call the office and say that you are sick (asking permition for not going to work because you sick). Hope it helps you :))

    Saturday, August 20th 2016

      Good answer Nadyaginanti :)

      Friday, September 2nd 2016

      Thank you!

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    Hi Maya,
    Nadyaginanti gave a very good answer. When you call (in) to your office to tell them you can’t come to work, you are “calling in sick”.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      It helped me a lot. Thank you.

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Great lesson about phrasal verbs that seems always difficult I got 6 out of 10 but it’s need to memorized with example that’s the sample way to get awareness.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thank you Adam. I have 8 correct answers.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thanks
it was amazing lesson.
I get confused with these verbs

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hi Adam sir. Thank you for this wonderful lesson. Its difficult for me as I scored 6/10. I am not satisfied but I will surely work hard on my grammar. Plus now I am able to improve my vocabulary. Thank you so much once again👍

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thank you very much

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thanks Adam for this lesson…it’s great.:)

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hi Adam! I wanted to call on you about the sentence in the quiz, but I understood the mistake during typing. Have a nice day and continue to be a cool teacher!

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thanks, Adam it was great and helpful as always.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

oh my god there are so many phrases to memory that i still feel confused for their usage. i hope that someone could teach me the simple and memoriable means to differentiate those phrases.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

    Hi Baofeng.

    Don’t try to memorize them all. The more you read and speak in English, the more you will be able to retain these terms.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Excuse me teacher, but there wasn’t any question about (call into). could you explain it a little more? Thanks

Thursday, August 18th 2016

    Hi Hossein,

    To call something into action means to doubt something about it. If you call into question something that someone said, you are not sure if it is true or correct.

    Does this help?

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      Thank you for responding .
      It helped me out and I got it.
      dear Adam , you’re great …

      Thursday, September 15th 2016

I got 6
I need to improve :(

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hi Adam! Thanks for this lesson, I like to learn phrasal verbs, they are really useful.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thanks Adam. I really apreciate your lesson, I always get confuse when people use phrasal verbs with “call” I just stand like… “uh??” hahha btw. Greetings from Guatemala!

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hi Adam
does “call on” mean also to pay a visit like:
” I’ll call on you after work ”
and by the way ,nice sweater

Thursday, August 18th 2016

    Hi Reema,

    Firstly, thanks :)

    Call on does mean to visit, but less common in North American use.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thanks for the lesson. But I have one question apart from this lesson. please, rectify me without failed. What are the differences in this adjective and noun.1. governmental department or government’s department or government department. Which one is right or wrong .please…. clarify for me.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

    Hi Kelvin,

    Governmental department means the one that is government related (as opposed to other departments that are not government related). The government’s department can mean the one that belongs to them, or that it’s their issue, not anyone else’s. Government department just describes the department. Essentially, all three can be correct, depending on context. Look at the whole sentence and see what the function needs to be.

    Does this help?

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you for the lesson, was very interesting

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Very good lesson, thanks a lot Adam.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Many many thanks Adam , that used to be really confusing for me, but not anymore ;)

Thursday, August 18th 2016

They told me: “We´ll call back to you”. In deed they did it “Thank you for your effort”. It´s over.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thank you Adam.
I’ll subscribe.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hello Adam: How is the application of phrasal verb: “call in on” in a sentence? I found “to visit” ???

Thursday, August 18th 2016

    Hi Elephant,

    Yes, call in on means to visit (usually for a short visit) or to come see someone.

    (Good luck at your new office; I’ll call in on you from time to time to see how you’re doing.)Hope this helps.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      thank you Adam, greetings from bloodied land

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

thank y

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Hello, Adam
It´s very good lesson, but I need more exercise.
See you next class

Thursday, August 18th 2016

Thank you,Very much.

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thank you

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thank you. I am a new student. Looking forward to learn from you.

Friday, August 19th 2016

    Welcome Fahmed :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

I only got 7 point in this lesson, still confusing then I m gonna watch it again, thanks Adam thanks http://www.engvid.com keep it up… IG @nadyaginanti @cemilaneng follow me guys thanks

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thank you very much for this lesson. your lessons are very clear for us beginners in English.

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thank you ! Can I study English by Skype with you ?

Friday, August 19th 2016

    Hey add me on skype to improve the english. diegomachado.w1

    Wednesday, August 31st 2016

    Hi Aleksancho,

    I do test prep coaching via Skype. You can find out ore at writetotop.com.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

can you please help me out with my igcse exams,i need you to check my letters and articles.Thank you,and waiting for your answer

Friday, August 19th 2016

    Hi Ahmad,

    Check my site, writetotop.com for some writing help.

    I offer a writing assessment service there as well.

    Good luck :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

i need some advices to walk on

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thanks Adam!!
Phrasal verbs are always difficult, but they become much easier with your help ;)

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thanks adam :)

Friday, August 19th 2016

nice lesson but it had better with examples for the best understanding.
Thanks teacher

Friday, August 19th 2016

    Hi Uvescos,

    There are examples with every explanation and in the quiz. But you can also type some here to see if they are correct ;)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you. When i watch your video,i think i understaand your lecture. But i got bad score on quize.very confusing

Saturday, August 20th 2016

    Keep trying Kimjsjs :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

great teacher! So easy to learn!

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Thanks Adam for this lesson which call back my attention if I want to assimilate it well.

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Thank you,Adam!

Saturday, August 20th 2016

thanks for doing this for us

Saturday, August 20th 2016

I like the way you explain all about to call. It is very interesting experince.

Saturday, August 20th 2016

hallo adam,, what’s the meaning of UP in a sentence “are you upto the challenge?” thaks a lot

Saturday, August 20th 2016

    Hi Idin,

    If you are up to the challenge, it means you can face it and overcome it.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

thank you Adam, good results, thanks to your simple, direct and straightforward way of teaching

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Thanks Adam very much

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Hi Adam
I have watched your video for a long time.
I have some problems with my writing. how can I improve it?

Saturday, August 20th 2016

    Hi Chuc,

    Check out my website, writetotop.com. Hopefully there is some good info there for you. It’s focus is English writing.

    Let me know.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Howdy Adam!

This is a great lesson again, thank you. I am so glad to know that we can call on you for help. This video calls me back when I was at school and had to study phrasal verbs for the test. If I have problems of grammar, I will call in a specialist (you).

Bye for now, and see you in the next lesson!

Saturday, August 20th 2016

    Good job Eduardo.

    (just, takes me back to when …, or calls to mind the time when…)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

I got 10 out 10 so yeah this calls for celebration, yippee!

Saturday, August 20th 2016

    Hooray, Manuel. Good job :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Many thanks Adam.

Sunday, August 21st 2016

Hello Mr Adem , Thank you so much to make these video , I have an issue with ( Off and Up ) where may i use them and how , Tank you so much and just leave the video about them .

Sunday, August 21st 2016

    Hi Samirpro,

    It might be a whole for that video, so for now, off means leaving another place (get off the table) or shutting down something (turn off the radio), etc. Up is a direction (jump up)but has lots of other applications as well when combined with verbs.

    I’ll try to make a video.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you, Adam. I have a question, though.

At 2:13 you said, “So this job is going to call on our energy, all our brains, all our confidence…”

In that case, how is “call on” any different from “call for?”

Sunday, August 21st 2016

    Hi Unpredictablecro,

    Yes, they are very similar, but call on is an active demand, meaning you take what you need (e.g., you call on your brain, means you activate your brain for the situation). Call for is more a state, a requirement created by the situation (this problem calls for some serious solution, so we will need to call on our brains for help).

    Does this help?

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Hi Adam. Thank you for this helpful lesson. Phrasal verbs is a very important topic if you want to learn English a second language.

I have a doubt in a question from the quiz I want you to clarify. question #4, the answer is ‘in’, but I thought it’s more suitable for, because it’s a special situacion that requires a specialist. I chose ‘in’ because there’s no for on the list. In the #3 question I chose ‘in’ and was the opposite. I didn’t choose for, because I didn’t find a special situacion bacause it’s normal that some jobs require skilled workers.

I thank you again for this lesson.
Best regards!

Sunday, August 21st 2016

    Hi Ramiro,

    Keep in mind the actual definitions. In #4 our technicians can’t do it so we will have to bring a specialist to do it. call in = bring.

    In #3, the situation requires something– there is no action. It is a condition.

    Does this clarify a bit?

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      Yes, I got it now. Thanks for your aid.

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Sorry I missed some quotation marks.

… but I thought it’s more suitable ‘for’
…because there’s no ‘for’ on the list
…I didn’t choose ‘for’, because

Sunday, August 21st 2016

Hello Adam .
Not easy . It calls to work out .
Anyway thank you Adam

Monday, August 22nd 2016

Thanks, Adam.
I want to ask a question.
Sometimes students miss some questions when they do their homework, can I say ‘do back the missing questions’? ‘do back’ is it correct? If not, what phrase can I say?

Monday, August 22nd 2016

    Sorry, one more question.
    ‘staple a paper in the book’
    preposition ‘in’ is it correct?

    Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

    Hi Sophie,

    I’m not exactly sure what you mean, but it seems that they did the question but incorrectly. In that case, they need to do them over. If they missed them completely, then they just need to do them.

    Do back is not a phrasal verb and is not used.

    Staple the sheet in the book is ok. ;)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Hello sir… today I warch your some lesson for the very first time.. its really helpful.. actually I am not good in english…at first I want to be a good speaker…. so what should I do…?

Monday, August 22nd 2016

    Welcome Alvi,

    Just keep watching the videos and try to practice as often as possible. Don’t forget to read every day to build vocabulary :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

thanks…

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

HI Mr. Adam
this my first time to joint your lessons.
Thanks very much for helping us to improve our language. I appreciate your efforts.My sincere wishes to you with welfare and prosperity.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

    Thank you and welcome Hendoz :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

thanks

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

This website is the best one I’ve ever seen! Congratulations guys!! Now my English is gonna get so much better!! =D

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

    Welcome Dyegoic :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

thank adam this lesson is very good you are good teacher

Thursday, August 25th 2016

Adam could you answer my question under previous video, please?(it is at the end, when you say “thank you”)

Thursday, August 25th 2016

I’d like you make a video about “4th , 5th ,6th , fifteenth , sixteenth..ect i really hate pronouncing them

Thursday, August 25th 2016

    I’ll get on that Peshmarga ;)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thanks for this lesson…it’s great.

Friday, August 26th 2016

Thanks Adam!

This lesson is really interesting to expand our knowledge in English, by examples. Happy of us to be able to call on you to learn this important language through this site.

Friday, August 26th 2016

Thanks. Perfect examples.

Saturday, August 27th 2016

Hi Adam!
am new member so the lesson is so interesting and am joying with it thank you a lot i have a problem in a phrasal verbs i wish to fix this problem.

Saturday, August 27th 2016

    Welcome Alnazeer :)

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Hi Adam, I got 8 out of 10… My phrasal verbs are improving a little bit. Need more practice though. Thank you and God bless

Saturday, August 27th 2016

Thanks Adam! It’s very usefull!

Saturday, August 27th 2016

I agree with all who says that’s a great video!! But I’ve got a lot of questions, because I listened to Adam’s video for more than 50 times. So, the first thing that bothers me is the word “niche” in “If I need to do something taht’s very, very expert or very very niche, I might.” What is the meaning of this adjective??? I’ve never heard it before.

Sunday, August 28th 2016

    That’s a good question!

    A niche, literally, is a kind of hole or hollow, like a crack in a rock, or in a wall for a statue to sit in. In biology, it means the particular role an organism fills in its ecosystem. Figuratively it means something small to fit into.

    As an adjective or modifier, “niche” means “narrow” or “specialized”. Something that is “niche” appeals to few people. If your business is selling clothes for people who are 2m or taller, you have a “niche market”. If you have an unusual hobby or skill, like solving giant Rubik’s Cubes, it’s a “niche interest”.

    Monday, August 29th 2016

Hi,Adam!
Can you please give a detailed Lecture on Punctuations.

Sunday, August 28th 2016

    Hi M. Hashim,

    There are some already (type punctuation in the search box above to see), but I will definitely add more.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

the most difficult of all phrasal verbs lessons.. I don’t know why.. even SET lesson was easier

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Do you use “call in” in the meaning of “make a short visit” in American English?

Sunday, August 28th 2016

    Hi Polluxtroi,

    Yes, we do, but less commonly used.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      Thanks a lot!!

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Thank you adam,
I have a question for you.
When im with friends i speak english no problem, but when someone speak English Fuente i stutter can you tell me what should i do in that case.
Thank you

Sunday, August 28th 2016

    Hi Sara,

    It sounds like you need to relax. It’s not always about English, it’s also about confidence. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes– just be understood first.

    Hope this helps a little.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

In the video Adam says “Your son or daughter comes home from school they get the mail from their college they applied to” or “Your son or daughter comes home from school TO GET the mail from their college they applied to”?

Monday, August 29th 2016

Another question is about Past Simple Adam used… Adam said … “So, this morning, I woke up, I’m sneezing, I have a fever.” I thought when the morning is not over (and it’s not over, because you usually call in sick in the morning, before your job starts) you have to use Present Perfect not Past Simple? Thanks for your answer!

Monday, August 29th 2016

Another question, why didn’t Adam mention the #1 meaning of “call for” – meet sb at their home in order to take them somewhere? Thanks for your answer!

Monday, August 29th 2016

If I call in a specialist does it necessarily mean that he or she comes to my place? For example if I call in Dr. House, does this sentence mean that he comes to my place?

Monday, August 29th 2016

    In spoken English, we often take short cuts. You need to pay attention to pauses and intonation to understand changes in focus, timing, etc. I can set up the context in the first (when they get home… then they get the mail… etc.). Same for this morning. I established the time (past, this morning) and then I put myself in the context and make it present continuous. You can’t do this in writing, but in speaking it’s quite common.

    Call in means bring, but to the place you need him/her, not necessarily your home.

    Call for — I must have missed that one.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

      Now, It’s clear! Thank you very much, Adam!!!

      Saturday, September 3rd 2016

As always a great lesson! I’d like to suggest an explanation about meaning and uses of thy, thou and thee. I note those expressions in some places, such Canada’s national anthem! I wish all the best for all of you! Hugs

Monday, August 29th 2016

    Hi Samisra,

    These are very old-fashioned terms meaning “you” in different levels of respect. I wouldn’t worry about these as they are not used now.

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thanks a lot Adam

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

thanks َdam
I’ am a teacher of teaching language. I think your method in teaching is very unique and good, because your lessons utilizable for every one.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016

thanks َAdam
I’m a teacher of teaching language. I think your method in teaching is very unique and good, because your lessons utilizable for every one.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016

Thank you very much Mr. Adam !

Wednesday, August 31st 2016

it’s very great what you are doing Adam.i do like your explaination about phrasal verbs.keep it up and add more if possible.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg5ZYavBEc0
Adam, I have watched this video but still I can’t make the best choose(between PP and PS) for 1b and 1c.
Thank you.

Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you everyone :)

Friday, September 2nd 2016

Adam, I found your site very fruitful to me. I want to improve my English further especially in the speaking part. Could you tell me the place where I can talk live in the internet, please. Many many thanks to you and your team for such a great effort of teaching english all around the world. keep it up.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    Thank you Pratap,

    To be honest, you’ll probably need to find a teacher to speak with you. As far as chatting sites, there aren’t any that I know of, but I will keep an eye out and let you know.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Yahooooooo I got 80% and its my 1st quiz. just amazing lecture Adam you are brilliant..

Monday, September 5th 2016

Thank you Adam. I did not hear this worts to much so I have to practice them and become them part of my vocavulary.😃👍

Thursday, September 8th 2016

a bit confused session. Needs more example

Friday, September 9th 2016

Thank you so much ADAM…
my english is better now, I hope… but my english is different, I spoke different, like the letter T, or some worlds, I do not how to say, but in my language is like
Better – Berer
Better – BeTTer – NOW

Saturday, September 10th 2016

Really Nice!! Thank you so much.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

Thank you very much for your kind teaching.
Actually I don’t really grasp the phrase “call in” can you please explain more about it?
Thanks in advance..

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

    Hi Ubaida,

    Call in basically means to telephone the office and say you are sick and can’t come to work :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Thanks Adam! I learned a lot of new phrasal verbs today!

Thursday, September 15th 2016

Thank you very much Mr.adam,

Thursday, September 15th 2016

thank you Mr adam

Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Hi Mr. Asam
Tks for this lesson! I appreciate so much!

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

This lesson is amazing. i always have problem with phrasal verbs.

Monday, September 26th 2016

thanks teacher Adam i would like more phrasal verbs and slang thank you lot teacher

Tuesday, September 27th 2016

Thanks Adam
:)

Thursday, September 29th 2016

Thank you for expend
i got 9

Saturday, October 1st 2016

You’re a really good teacher, thanks Adam!

Sunday, October 2nd 2016

thanks adam!

Monday, October 3rd 2016

Very good Adam!!!! I liked so much!

Thursday, October 6th 2016

You grate would you plz give us more about parasal verbs

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks Adam :) , I adore the way you explain the lessons.

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Hi Adam,

Thanks for your great job.
Can we use these phrasal verbs in formal writings?
Thanks

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

I got 8 correct answers out of 10.
Thank you Teacher Adam. these phrasal verbs are very helpful in our daily conversation.
Thank you so much for your help.

Tuesday, October 18th 2016

Thank you for your lessons, Adam! They help a lot!

Tuesday, October 18th 2016

Thank you

Wednesday, October 19th 2016

Thanks, Alex! Great lesson, as always! But, what about the phrasal verb “call out”?

Wednesday, October 19th 2016

Thanks Adam.

Friday, October 28th 2016

Thanks Adam.you explain well. i just startup on your website so i am now beginner. but i want to tell you something about your example should be similar type of sentence to make a better difference between words.

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

10/10
Really helpful, thank you so much.

Saturday, November 5th 2016

Hi! Adam.I`m korean boy ,so I want to be speaking english well. But I know this online of my friend.So, I felt I speaking,writing,and meaning. Thank you Adam. And I subscribe your youtube! Oh,my name is Kim Hyung Jun,and juniyni.Thank you~.
11/18

Friday, November 18th 2016

Thanks a lot…a very interestng lesson..

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

I viewed the video twice, still I have a problem with call into and call on…Do I have to learn them by heart to master and assimilate them better??? awaiting for your advice…

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

Hello Adam,
I’m an English beginner. I can’t fully understand your explanations about the phrasal verbs, because there are some new words in it and your speaking is fast for me. Could you please write some example sentances on the board for each phrasal verb? It will help me understand them clearly. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

Thanks your lessons are understandable Mr Adamm

Friday, December 2nd 2016

MR Adam thank you
all your lessons are understandable

Friday, December 2nd 2016

I find call to and call into a bit hard to understand 😅

Friday, December 2nd 2016

Hello
8/10

Wednesday, December 7th 2016

Thanks a lot…a very interestng lesson

Thursday, December 8th 2016
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