I have to announce a message on a call that is like this

Alert!! There is an alarm from the system,to disarm the system, press 5, to ignore this call , hang up!!

Is this OK? should I use hang up the call or is the hang up enough?

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    Unless the comma splice is audible, the sentence is fine :) – Armen Ծիրունյան Jul 22 '14 at 8:46
  • @ArmenԾիրունյան so hang up is OK ! no need to say hang up the call – dmSherazi Jul 22 '14 at 8:47
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    You can check that independently: hang up. The reason it's just hang up is because it's the telephone receiver which is "hung up" on its cradle. – Andrew Leach Jul 22 '14 at 8:48
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    Good thing punctuation and spacing are not audible, either. They are abysmal, and not even in a consistent way. – RegDwigнt Jul 22 '14 at 8:50
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    Please give questions useful titles. “Please help me with this” or “Is this correct?” does not tell anyone anything about what the question is about. The title of the question should correspond to the content of the question. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 22 '14 at 8:52


hang up phrasal verb

to finish a telephone conversation:
I said goodbye and hung up.

hang something ↔ up

to hang clothes on a hook etc:
She took her coat off and hung it up.

As you can see, they've got different meanings, and "hang up" alone is what you need in this context; adding "a telephone call" makes it redundant and incorrect.

  • Note that the former actually comes from "hanging up the handset", back in the days when hanging up was done by returning the handset to its rest position on the switchhook. – keshlam Jul 22 '14 at 12:59

The imperative "hang up" is sufficient, as "the telephone" is implied. What else would the listener hang up? In this case, it acts as an intransitive verb.


Hang up itself means end a telephone conversation by cutting the connection. So using the term hang up is sufficient enough.


You can:

  • hang up.
  • hang up the telephone.
  • hang up the phone.

These three grammatical examples mean the same thing. Originally, it was physically part of the telephone that was hung off a hook which ended the call. Of course, it's a bit redundant to actually say the word telephone, as it's usually clear enough what hang up refers to.

You can't however hang up the call. It is quite difficult to hang a call on something!

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