by the phone/next to me/by my side


Senior Member
Hi, if you're on the phone and you want to tell your interlocutor that your brother, say is next to you, what's the best way to put it?
A: How's your brother?
B1: He's fine. He's here by my side.
B2: He's fine. He's right here next to me.
B3: He's fine. He's right here by the phone.

Somehow I don't have a set phrase in my head, and I wonder what people actually say in a situation like this.

Thank you!
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I would simply say "He's fine: he's standing (or sitting) right next to me." So B1 or B2 would work, but B3 sounds as if the brother wants to talk on the phone - which may or may not be the case.
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