I am trying to find any vocabulary that has some examples of the subj. I am interested in using the "call" as a noun, not verb.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/call https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/call

Everywhere I see "call to" (i.e. "a call to technical support"). And if I want to express that I had a chat with some person, is it correct to say "I had a call with "?

  • "An instance of speaking to someone on the phone or attempting to contact someone by phone." not conversation -- you do not use call to mean the conversation itself. – Kris Sep 24 '19 at 10:05
  • I don't think there's a difference between "speaking to someone on the phone" and having a conversation; the former is generally considered to include them speaking back to you, it refers to a two-way chat not just delivering a monologue, and hence is a conversation. – Stuart F Sep 24 '19 at 11:35

If you want to express that you experienced a phone conversation with somebody, yes, it is correct to say "I had a call with..." in the same way you could say "I had a chat with..." when you don't want to specify how or if you met face to face for a few drinks "I had some drinks with..."

That happens because the construction actually comes from the verb to have meaning experience and not from the noun call. Check the definition #2 here

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I made a call to my friend

I got or received a call from my friend

These are idiomatic

I had a call with my my friend is possible

I had a talk with my friend is idiomatic

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  • “I had a call from my friend” is not idiomatic to me. You don’t have calls in this context; you make them to someone, or you get them from someone. “I got a call from my friend” is idiomatic. I’m not sure I quite agree that “I had a call with my friend” is unidiomatic; it’s definitely less common, but in context, I doubt I would notice it as sounding off. “So I had a call with the boss to clarify, and it turns out the deadline has actually been moved forward to this Friday” sounds fairly unremarkable to me. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 24 '19 at 9:23
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I find both I had a call with and I had a call from to be quite idiomatic and natural, at least here in Canada. It's informal, but it's common.I have no idea if it might be something about US English versus UK English—I get both. – Jason Bassford Sep 24 '19 at 11:54

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