If we don't pick up a call,it just ends. So can "hang up" be used in this sense? I mean it's used with people.


Mom: Hey! I thought my phone was ringing.

I: It was but it just hung up.(no one picked it up and it ended like any call if no one picks it up.)

I guess the use of "hang up" isn't natural. So what will be actually be used in this context?

  • Sometimes the person on the other end hasn't hung up, but the call has rolled over to voice mail. – Canadian Yankee Apr 8 '19 at 11:12

"Hang up" is fine, but I would phrase it as "They hung up (before I could answer it)" The subject should be the person making the call, not the telephone.

I wouldn't say "the call ended" as in this situation the call hasn't begun. You could say "the phone stopped ringing"

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  • And @James K, can it be "the call just ended"(I didn't answer the call) – It's about English Apr 8 '19 at 14:22
  • And @James K,will "the call ended " be more natural? – It's about English Apr 8 '19 at 15:21

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