WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: call, phone, telephone, ringIn spoken English, it is usual to say that you call or phonesomeone• He calls me almost every day. • Phone me when you get there.In spoken British English, it is also very usual to say that you ringsomeone• Have you rung Kim yet?It is fairly formal and not very usual in spoken English to say that you telephone someone.!! Do not say that you 'call to' someone• I called him (NOT called to him) to let him know.!! There is no verb 'phone call'• I need to call (NOT to phone call) Monica.You can also say that you give someone a (phone) call or, in British English, give them a ring• Give me a call sometime. • I think I'll give Mum a ring.!! Do not say 'give someone a phone'. ➔ See alsocall
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.