mute my phone / mute the caller

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sunnyweather

Senior Member
Polish
Hello,

I'd like to ask you about the correct use of the verb 'mute'.

Can I mute a caller? Or can I just mute the phone?

e.g.

1) If someone calls me during a lesson today, I'll mute my phone.

2) If someone calls me during a lesson today, I'll mute him / her.

It seems to me that the first option is OK, but I'm not sure if the other is OK too.

Thank you for your help.
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Can I mute a caller? Or can I just mute the phone?
    You can do either. You mute (muffle or silence) something (including someone) that is making a noise.

    However, although "2) If someone calls me during a lesson today, I'll mute him / her." is grammatically correct, it is not at all idiomatic. You would "mute him / her" by muting the phone, and thus you can see that it is better to use "the phone", which would be the direct cause of the noise.
     
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