I’ll put you through (to)

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) I’ll put you on hold

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b) I’ll introduce you

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c) I’ll connect you

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If someone puts you through (to), he is making a telephone connection. Usually used on the phone, this expression is preceded by the sentence : “Please, hold the line.”

French translation

mettre en relation avec qqun, passer qqun à qqun, transférer la communication

How NOT to translate : *je vais vous mettre au travers de Mr Taylor

Examples in context

‘After several rings and going through the annoying “push this number for this” routine, he finally got a real person. “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, how may I direct your call ?”

“Lieutenant Halloway, please.” He said.

“One moment, I’ll put you trough.”

“Officer Smythe, can I help you ?”


Extract from “The Guardian”, D.E. HALL


‘The operator who answered was annoyed. She told me my case was not an emergency and I should dial 101 for my local police service. With mounting anxiety, I explained that I had dialled 999 the night before and that my call had been put through to an officer.

“We have no record of a call,” she said.

“Ah, hang on a moment. I’ll talk to a colleague.”’

The Daily Mail online, 18 December 2012


Everyday usage

Each time I call on the medical center, they keep putting me through to the voicemail.

The secretary will put you through to the CEO as soon as his meeting will come to an end.

Telephone operator in a phone exchange, c. 1935. Photography : Hulton Getty

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