Someone I know is walking across the street. In order to gain her or his attention I called the name loudly. What phrase should I use in this situation? I remembered once a native speaker said like this, "I have to shout for my husband." At that time her husband was downstairs. But I might be wrong, because I cannnot find this expression in any dictionary. I found the phrase "yell for help" but not "yell for someone". Could you tell me which phrase is most appropriate here? Can I also say like, "I called my friend loudly on the street." or "I called my friend's name loudly."?

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You can also say

I called to her across the street to get her attention.

I shouted to her to get her attention.

I yelled to her to get her attention.

To shout for someone means to summon them loudly, especially in an urgent situation.

The ladder slipped out from under me. I managed to grab onto the window ledge and had to shout for my son.

Ditto, yell for s.o., call for s.o.

  • This is what I wanted to know. It is very clear and helpful. Thank you. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 23:07
  • Can you say "shout his name" instead of "shout for him"? Would it be okay? Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 20:09
  • @AmirHosseinAhmadi To "shout someone's name" does not explicitly express intention; it merely refers to the action of shouting something, in this case, a name; whereas to "shout for someone" expresses the intention of summoning the person, as when calling for help, say, or calling someone to come and look at something they might be interested in. "The big televised match was about to begin so he shouted for his mates who were still out in the garden."
    – TimR
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 21:11
  • @Tim Got it. Thank you. Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 7:38

The word hail is exactly what you are looking for, but it is not widely used. The definition is to call someone in order to attract their attention.

Here are a couple of examples:

Shall we hail a taxi?
I tried to hail her from across the room

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