"He is calling us in."
Translation:Il fait appel à nous.
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"Il nous appelle dedans" is a direct translation which no French will ever say. At best, you could say "Il nous fait entrer/Il nous invite à entrer" (but the "calling" is not implied) or "Il nous appelle pour que nous entrions" which is quite a mouthful.
The original French sentence is "il fait appel à nous" which means that he is consulting us or hiring us for a specific task/job.
Here, I'm asked to translate from English, "He is calling us in," to French, and am given that the correct answer is, "il nous appelle," which seems to be saying, "He is calling us."
In English, calling a person in is an idiom that means the person presence is officially demanded at an official location. "The spy saw the red string tied to the wire and knew that he was being called in." He gets on a plane for London. "After having a fight during lunch, my teacher told me the principal was calling me in." I have to go to the Principal's office to be punished. Note that, although there could have been one, in neither case is there an actual call being made, as the idiom has nothing to do with an actual call, but only with the demand being made.
I assume there is a similar statement in French. My question is: is this, "il nous appelle," or even, "Il fait appel à nous," (he makes a call to us) the phrase you would actually use for this?
To me (British english) this means someone who is calling to those outside to come inside. Having read the various comments I can see that it is more of an american expression meaning to call in workmen etc. But can someone tell me how you would call someone inside in French. e.g. "he called the children in for dinner"?
The movement expressed by "in" would not be translated in the French equivalent: "il a appelé les enfants pour (le) dîner".
If it were important to specify that the children were outside at the time he called them, we would say "il a appelé les enfants pour qu'ils rentrent dîner" (a mouthful!).