pick up the phone/the receiver

Elaine Koh

Senior Member
I called you earlier. Why didn't you pick up the phone/the receiver?

Which word should I use?

Many thanks in advance.
  • kitenok

    Senior Member
    Hi Elaine,
    Either would be grammatical and accurate (assuming you are referring to a telephone that does in fact have a receiver separate from the rest of the mechanism). Pick up the phone would be more common in any case.