Call On and Call At

Call On and Call At : What is the difference between these two verbal phrases?

By Rachel, Hungary - 16th Nov. 2007

When you
call on someone, you pay them a short visit. It is also possible to say Call upon, but this is considered to be rather formal.

• The student called on the ailing principals on Wednesday afternoon.

When a teacher Calls on a student in class, she wants him to answer the question.

• I don’t understand why she has to call on me all the time.

The expression
Call at is normally used in relation to a place. You usually call at some place. When you call at someplace, you visit the individual at his place – it could be the office, home, etc.

• I called at his office on my way to the airport. The expression Call at can also be used to mean Stop.

• According to the brochure, our ship will call at five ports.

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