He called me on the stage.

What does this sentence above mean?

  1. He called me to get on the stage.

  2. He called me when I was on the stage.

  3. Either 1 or 2 according to context.

I would choose 3.

If "me" was waiting to get on the stage, then, 1 is the correct option.

If "me" was already on the stage, then, 2 is the correct option.

Lastly, is the ambiguity resolved if I wrote the sentence as "He called me ( upon/ up on) the stage" so as to make the original sentence mean sentence 1?


The given sentence is ambiguous. You'd have to say either "He called me to come up on the stage." (sense 1) or "He called to me when I was on stage." (sense 2).