Is it correct to use ""May I know your good name ? Harsh Sancheti
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"May I know your good name is a typically Asian way of asking someones name. Perhaps it is being used just as a 'softener' or out of politeness, to ask a person's name.
It is INCORRECT. It makes any sense unless you have two names, a good one and a bad one. :-)
Eg. The only way to use "good name" would be in this example.
Sam is spreading rumours about me. He is saying that I bully people. He is ruining my good name.
"May I take your name ?" is also incorrect while you are speaking on the phone. It is used when you are intend to include someones name in a specific list.
Correct forms may be;
What is your name, please?
May I know your name?
Might I ask your name, Sir/Madame?"
Who's speaking, please ? ( while on the phone)
Who's on the line, please? ( while on the phone)
OTHER INCORRECT FORMS
- 'Kindly revert' - Kindly reply at the earliest would be correct as revert means "to return to a former state."
- You don't "discuss about" something; you just discuss things.
- When you order something, you "order" it, you do not "order for" it.
- "Out of town" is correct instead of "out of station"
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Jeff Guarino "may I know your name?" the answer is "yes you may know my name" so you see this is not the correct way to ask for someones name. "Can I get your name please?" is the most common way to ask for someones name. The word "May" makes it seem like you are asking for permission to ask for a name not ask for the actual name. This bothers me every time I hear it and I tell them that it does not sound natural and no one says this in North America . I don't know if it is correct from an English professors point of view but it sounds stupid to me when I hear it. Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 1 Like 3y
Dr. Maulik Vyas Even further, there are many who don't prefer telling their names. Hence, the safest, IMO, is "What should/can I call you?" Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 12mo
Jishad Peevees Yes, you are right. But of the Indians are using this format. But even if we try to correct them, they won't accept. Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 1 Like 3y
Anusha Bulusu Can I have your name please ?? Can we ask this phrase in business phone conversation? I felt its wrong.. but most of my colleagues using this phrase . Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 3y
Harsh Sancheti It is OK to use the phrase depending on the below case scenarios. CAN - casual COULD - not formal, yet polite. MAY - formal Hope it helps. Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 1 Like 3y
Gaurav S. I want to order two large pizzas. (Crisp) Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 4y
Rajat Kumar I have a doubt sir. Take this example I want to place an order for two large pizza. Is 'order for' incorrect here? Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 5y
Ayyadurai . Here it is correct Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 4y
Rhealyn Cuadra Maghanap k ng trabaho puro comments inaarupag mo Like Sign in to like this comment Reply Sign in to reply to this comment 1 Like 5y See more comments
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