Is the following sentence correct? The part after 'called upon' sounds a bit strange to me.

'SIRE (a company) calls upon to keep hands off our social workers, so this video must be aimed at individuals who use violence against the people that are always ready to help us.'

  • So, it is fine to use 'call upon' without adding the person(s) who are called upon? – Rowan Jan 5 '20 at 11:36
  • Apologies for my error. No. SIRE must call upon someone, e.g. the public. – Michael Harvey Jan 5 '20 at 11:38
  • Oh, but what can I use instead of 'calls upon' here? – Rowan Jan 5 '20 at 11:39
  • SIRE calls upon the public to keep their (or its) hands off our social workers – Michael Harvey Jan 5 '20 at 11:40
  • Can you also say: SIRE makes a call to keep hands off social workers, so... – Rowan Jan 5 '20 at 11:45

Used as in your sentence, the phrasal verb to call upon, meaning to invite or ask somebody to do something, is followed by an object. That is to say, it is a transitive phrasal verb. You call upon [someone] to [do something].

call upon phrasal verb
call on/upon somebody (formal) ​

to formally invite or ask somebody to speak, etc.
I now call upon the chairman to address the meeting.

Call upon (Oxford Learner's Dictionaries)

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