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Is it OK to say, "He telephoned to Mr. X"?

(K. R. Chidambaram, Chennai)

When the word "telephone" is used as a verb, it is not followed by "to". You telephone someone and not "telephone to" someone. It is like the word "call". Remember, when you ring someone up, you "call him", you do not "call to him". Here are a few examples.

*Ananya telephoned her friend and told her she wouldn't be coming.

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