no call for


Also, no call to. No requirement or reason for doing something, as in There was no call for your condescending suggestions; she knew quite well what to do. This idiom, first recorded in 1779, uses call in the sense of “duty” or “need.” The variant is always used with a verb, as in There was no call to get the police involved because it's a simple dispute between neighbors.

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Punctuation marks help make writing easy to read and understand. Some of the most important ones are the period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), and exclamation point (!). How well do you know how to use them? Find out in this quiz!
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Which punctuation mark is best for this sentence? "Can I watch a movie __"
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