English Lesson: Communication Verbs + Preposition or Not?

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I called my sister yesterday. I talked to her for about a half hour. She said something interesting to me about her cat. Sometimes we text each other, and she sometimes emails me when she has a photo or something funny to show me. Last week she emailed me a photo of her cat. It was pretty cute. I told her she could email photos to me any time.

Some verbs take a preposition and some to not. Today, let’s look at the various verbs we use to talk about communication. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check today’s lesson:

When we telephone someone, we usually use the verb call. Call does not take a preposition. You call someone:

  • I called my sister yesterday. Not, I called to my sister
  • Someone from the library called me today.
  • How often do you call your mother?

You can talk to someone and say something to someone:

  • I talked to her for about a half hour. Not, I talked her…
  • She said something interesting to me about her cat.

You email someone and email something to someone:

  • Last week she emailed me a photo of her cat. Not, she emailed to me
  • She sometimes emails me when she has a photo.
  • I told her she could email photos to me any time.

With new technology comes new ways of speaking. So, you can text someone, which means to send them an SMS message:

  • Sometimes we text each other. Not, we text to each other
  • Text me when you arrive at the airport.

Which do you prefer, texting or emailing?  How about texting or calling?

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