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How to politely ask others’ names in daily English conversations?

How to politely ask others’ names in daily English conversations?

In daily English conversations, politely asking for someone’s name is a basic social skill. Whether you’re meeting someone new or simply forgot a person’s name, using polite language is essential to maintain a respectful and friendly interaction. Here are various ways to politely inquire about someone’s name:

  1. Direct Inquiry:
    • “May I ask what your name is?”
    • “Could you please tell me your name?”
    • “Excuse me, but I didn’t catch your name. Could you repeat it?”
  2. Introduce Yourself and Ask:
    • “Hi, I’m [Your Name]. What’s your name?”
    • “Hello, nice to meet you. My name is [Your Name]. What’s yours?”
    • “I don’t think we’ve met before. I’m [Your Name]. What should I call you?”
  3. Polite Request:
    • “Would you mind sharing your name with me?”
    • “If you don’t mind me asking, what’s your name?”
    • “I hope it’s okay to ask, but could you let me know your name?”
  4. Formal Expressions:
    • “Pardon me, but may I inquire as to your name?”
    • “Would it be possible for you to disclose your name?”
    • “Might I trouble you for your name, please?”

Using these phrases demonstrates your respect and consideration for the other person’s privacy while also expressing your interest in getting to know them better. Remember to maintain a friendly tone and approachability in your conversation.

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