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English term or phrase:to call on
Spanish translation:See below
Entered by: Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
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08:06 Feb 14, 2001
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: to call on
the whole sentence is: "if there´s somebody calling me on..." I don´t get its meaning in this song:

She´s the one (Robie Williams)

I was her she was me
we were one we were free
and if there´s somebody calling me on
she is the one

Any ideas? Thanks a lot!! :)
Claudia Porta
Local time: 19:18
See below
Explanation:
"CALL ON" is a verbal idiom.
According to Frederick T Wood's "English Verbal Idioms" the meanings are these and SOLELY these:
1) Pay a short visit to (a person)
Example: While we were in Paris, we called on our dear friend Paul.
2)Go to houses or business premises to solicit orders or deliver goods.
Example: The grocer calls on us every day.
3)Request the services or the help of.
Example: He stood as serve for the team, But he was never called on.
N.B.- We may call , not only on a person, but on his services, skill, knowlede, lovee,AFFECTION, COMPANY etc.
Webster's: ask, appeal, pay a visit for a short time.

I think there are several possible translations; Among them: Si alguien ME NECESITA, Si alguien ME VISITA, Si alguien ME VIENE A VISITAR, SI ALGUIEN
ME BUSCA, Si alguien ME QUIERE, Si alguien ME PRECISA, Si alguien SE ACERCA A MI,....and so on!

The translation appears to be less juicy than expected, doesn't it? I would have imagined that the writer would use another verbal idiom or verb, but not call on. It is not a very expressive verb, I think. Perhaps the music is more important, and thus, the words picked are not ideal.

Regards, :)
B Deffenbaugh
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Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
United States
Local time: 15:18
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Thank you, Bertha!! Your explanations and examples are great!
Thank you all. :)
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Summary of answers provided
nacomentario
Mauricio López Langenbach
namotivar/inspirarxxxOso
nasi (hay) alguien (que) me importaAlbert Golub
naLlamandome...guidicelli
naSee below
Bertha S. Deffenbaugh


  

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See below


Explanation:
"CALL ON" is a verbal idiom.
According to Frederick T Wood's "English Verbal Idioms" the meanings are these and SOLELY these:
1) Pay a short visit to (a person)
Example: While we were in Paris, we called on our dear friend Paul.
2)Go to houses or business premises to solicit orders or deliver goods.
Example: The grocer calls on us every day.
3)Request the services or the help of.
Example: He stood as serve for the team, But he was never called on.
N.B.- We may call , not only on a person, but on his services, skill, knowlede, lovee,AFFECTION, COMPANY etc.
Webster's: ask, appeal, pay a visit for a short time.

I think there are several possible translations; Among them: Si alguien ME NECESITA, Si alguien ME VISITA, Si alguien ME VIENE A VISITAR, SI ALGUIEN
ME BUSCA, Si alguien ME QUIERE, Si alguien ME PRECISA, Si alguien SE ACERCA A MI,....and so on!

The translation appears to be less juicy than expected, doesn't it? I would have imagined that the writer would use another verbal idiom or verb, but not call on. It is not a very expressive verb, I think. Perhaps the music is more important, and thus, the words picked are not ideal.

Regards, :)
B Deffenbaugh


    Frederick T Wood's "English verbal Idioms", Webster's Dictionary
Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
United States
Local time: 15:18
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 743
Grading comment
Thank you, Bertha!! Your explanations and examples are great!
Thank you all. :)
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1 hr
Llamandome...


Explanation:
I totally agree with the first answers.

This sentence also means..."si hay alguien que realmente me llama, es ella..."

Esto fue escrito despues que el muere y su alma gemela, su amada, se suicida...y desde la eternidad el escucha su llamado, ella esta en el purgatorio.

buen dia ^_^




    L. B. Guidicelli
guidicelli
PRO pts in pair: 8
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1 hr
si (hay) alguien (que) me importa


Explanation:
think it means that's she is the only person who really matters for him
hope it helps

Albert Golub
Local time: 23:18
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 146
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1 hr
motivar/inspirar


Explanation:
Si hay alguien quien me motiva (o inspira) es ella...

Una de las muchísimas opciones para este verbo enlistadas en mi diccionario dice:
to be called on = ser motivado o inspirado por alguien o algo

Espero que esta opción le dé un toque más poético al significado, en honor al Día del Amor y la Amistad (febrero 14).
Saludos afectuosos de OSO ¶:^)


    Simon & Schuster's
xxxOso
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 9863
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3 hrs
comentario


Explanation:
La respuesta seleccionada no es la mejor. Para que signifique lo que se propone en esa respuesta, en las distintas opciones, debería decir "if there's somebody calling ON me", no "calling me on". Es distinto. Más bien, el significado se refiere a lo que dice guidicelli o a lo que dice Oso.

Mauricio López Langenbach
New Zealand
Local time: 11:18
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 327
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