A cell phone <on><through> which...

WonderYears

New Member
Singapore - English & Hindi
Hello friends, I would like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct.

Would you be so kind as to obtain a cell phone on which your friends may contact you.

Is on which correct or is it through which?
 
  • RCA86

    Senior Member
    UK
    British English
    Hi,

    'On' is very common in this context, though I think it works better with the verbs 'call' or 'reach', than 'contact'. But as far as I know, it's fine.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    I wouldn't use "on which", although I don't see anything wrong with the grammar. (It seems as if it should have a question mark at the end rather than a period.)

    There is a logical oddity to me. Does this person now have a cellphone on which his friends can't contact him? It sounds like it's modifying "cellphone" to me.

    I would say either:

    Would you be so kind as to obtain a cell phone so that your friends may contact you?

    or:

    Would you be so kind as to obtain a cell phone and ask your friends to contact you at that number?


    It depends on the motivation. Is the person using an office phone for personal calls? If so, I would use the second question.
     
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