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reach him • mobile • feel guilty
internet • disagree
  1. I need your screen name so I can add you to my list of telephone numbers.
  2. My father and I have agreed to about religion and politics.
  3. His mother has been trying to for the last few days. I wonder what she wants.
  4. You shouldn't . It wasn't your fault.
  5. The battery is low on my telephone.
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429 Phones
Simon and Todd share feelings about the phone.

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reach (you) on the phone

Why can't I ever reach you on the phone?

When you 'reach someone on the phone' it means that you contact them using the telephone. Notice the following:

  1. I will just try to reach you on your house phone tonight.
  2. We have been trying to reach you for three days now, but never answered.

hand-held phone or mobile phone

You said hand-held, but I usually call it a cell phone or a mobile phone.

A 'mobile phone' and a 'hand-held phone' are other words for a cell phone. This is a phone that you can take with you anywhere to make phone calls. Notice the following:

  1. My hand-held phone didn't get good reception in the building.
  2. I think I forgot my mobile phone at home. Can we go back?

feel guilty

If I see that somebody has called me, I feel really guilty for not calling them back.

When you 'feel guilty' about something it means you feel as though you did something wrong and you feel responsible for what happened as a result. You feel as though something is your fault. Notice the following:

  1. I feel really guilty that you had to wait for me for two hours. I'm so sorry.
  2. Eating a lot of chocolate always makes you feel guilty.

internet telephone

I'm very into computers, and I love internet telephone like Skype.

'Internet telephone' is a way to make phone calls using the internet instead of a landline or cell phone. These calls are usually very cheap, but only work if you have a very internet connection. Notice the following:

  1. Do you have an internet phone number where we could reach you?
  2. Internet telephone has made it easy for me to stay in contact with my family even when I'm in another country.

agree to disagree

We have different opinions, so let's just agree to disagree.

When you 'agree to disagree' it means that you understand that you will never have the same opinion as the person you are talking to. You can use this phrase to end a discussion or debate that will never be resolved. Notice the following:

  1. We agreed to disagree about that and never talked about it again.
  2. I can't talk to you about this anymore. Let's just agree to disagree.