Imagine someone calls you, but you fail to pick up the call. Would you name it a “Miss Call” or a “Missed Call”?
Our goal is to find out which is the correct expression, so we make no mistakes when acknowledging a call has been missed or not accepted.
As a set phrase, “Missed Call” is the correct form, because the act of missing the call (for whatever reason) is in the past, and should be addressed in the past tense. “Miss Call”, in that context is incorrect. You should keep that in mind and avoid the incorrect form.
In a different scenario, if someone wants to talk about a future call, that shouldn’t be missed, the correct would be “Miss the Call” (with an article “the”) – or a variation of that, with a different pronoun. Not just “Miss Call”.
Take a look at some examples below:
- When I checked my phone, I had 4 miss calls. (incorrect)
- When I checked my phone, I had 4 missed calls.
- Please, be home on time or you might miss the call.
The first two sentences in the examples show the forms “Miss Call” and “Missed Call” in the context of a phone call not being picked up on time. “Miss Call” is incorrect and should be avoided. “Missed Call” (in the past tense) is the correct one you may use.
The third sentence shows a statement that indicated a future event, in which the individual doesn’t want to “Miss a Call”. As you can see, this form doesn’t work without a pronoun to complete it.
“Miss Call” is an incorrect form. If you wish to refer to an incomplete call, the correct is “Missed Call”, and not “Miss Call”. If you wish to talk about a possible future call, you need to add a pronoun and make it “Miss a Call” or “Miss the Call”.
Take a look at the examples below:
- When I reach out to you, please don’t miss the call.
- Poppy expects to be interviewed today, so she can’t miss a call.
- I had 11 miss calls. (incorrect)
- I had 11 missed calls.
- How many miss calls do you have from her? (incorrect)
- How many missed calls do you have from her?
Sentences 1 and 2 describe possible future calls, that the people don’t wish to miss. In that context, “Miss a Call” and “Miss the Call” work well, but with the pronoun completing the sentence. “Miss Call” is incomplete and, consequently, incorrect.
Sentences 3 to 6 show the forms “Miss Call” and “Missed Call” being used interchangeably. As you can see, “Miss Call” never works and is always incorrect.
“Missed Call” is the appropriate way to indicate someone tried to call you, but you failed to pick up. Every call that isn’t completed, for whatever reason, is named a “Missed Call”.
Take a look at some examples:
- After I missed her call, I knew she’d be mad.
- You should call him back, you’ve got 5 missed calls.
- Wow, that’s a lot of missed calls.
- Considering I have 7 missed calls from her, I imagine something important happened.
- I didn’t want to return his missed calls.
When dealing with correct and incorrect forms, we can usually guess which one will pop up more often. Still, we want to make sure: which one of those forms is used more often, “Miss Call” or “Missed Call”?
Take a look at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below to see.
As expected, “Missed Call” appears much more than “Miss Call”. We always thought this would be the case, because “Missed Call” is the correct form, while “Miss Call” isn’t.
Although “Miss Call” appears at the bottom of the graph, always keep in mind that the fact that some people might use the incorrect form doesn’t make it right. “Miss Call” should be avoided, in every circumstance.
When you look at your phone and find calls that you failed to pick up, those as “Missed Calls”. This is the expression you should use to share or comment on that information with people around you. “Miss Call” is incorrect and should be avoided.