Call In

Call In

Infinitive: Call In
Present Tense: Call In/ Calls In
-ing Form: Calling In
Past Tense: Called In
Past Participle: Called In
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in three ways
  1. 1

    To request that someone come and help.

    The nurse called in the doctor as soon as the patient started having a seizure.
    The FBI are called in when a situation turns federal.

  2. 2

    To inform someone that you will not be in attendance.

    Dave called in sick this morning, so let's hope the computers don't stop working.
    Mr. Brass had been working at the office for five years, and never called in sick. I wonder what his secret is?

  3. 3

    To call someone to give or get an update.

    Mom said we can go hiking, but we must call in every hour, so she knows everything is okay.
    Agatha's boyfriend is the sweetest man. He calls in just to tell her he is thinking of her.

Call In
  1. Jason was surprised that no one _____ ___ sick after the company happy hour outing last night.
  2. Oh no! There is a huge cockroach on the wall! _____ ___ dad to kill it!
  3. Your brother has been ______ ___ all day to see if you're still mad at him. Please call and tell him everything is okay.
  4. I've already _____ ___ sick twice last week. If I _____ ___ sick again, they might not believe me anymore. After all, who gets sick almost everyday?
  5. The psychic was _____ __ to see if she could tell them where the missing girl is.

Listen for the phrasal verb Call In in the video clip from the movie The Dark Knight Rises

  1. Foley: Let's go! You, get in the car! they've spotted the Batman!

    Foley: _____ everyone ___. Every car patrol, beat cop, off-duty, too! _____ them ___ now! I'm gonna do what Jim Gordon never could.

    Blake: What's that?

    Foley: I'm gonna take down the Batman.
  2. What was Foley trying to do?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • Jason was surprised that no one called in sick after the company happy hour outing last night.
    Oh no! There is a huge cockroach on the wall! Call in dad to kill it! (killing is not necessary)
    Your brother has been calling in all day to see if you’re still mad at him. Please call and tell him everything is okay.
    I’ve already called in sick twice last week. If I call in sick again, they might not believe me anymore. After all, who gets sick almost everyday?
    The psychic was calling in to see if she could tell them where the missing girl is.

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