English : Excuse Me

Can I say Excuse me to mean Please wait, When I get a telephone call and the person wants to speak to my mother or father?

By Mrs. Teresa, London, UK – 22nd May 2007.

There are several expressions that one could use when asking the person at the other end of the telephone to wait.

Some of them are:

• Please hold on

• Could you please hold on?

• Hold on, please

• Hang on a minute

• Just a minute

• He/she will be with you in a minute.

You do not say, Excuse me to the caller.

You could however use the expression with the person being called - in this case, your father or mother. You could say Excuse me, father. There's a call for you. You are using the expression
excuse me to draw the attention of your parent.

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