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    'David' to 'Dave'

    I know native English speaker would like to call the name 'David' to 'Dave', "Susanna" to "Sue".

    During conversation, shall I say,
    1. "Dave is my nickname, my real name is David." or
    2. "Dave is my abbreviated name, my whole nam is David." , or,
    3. other.......
    I would like to know a proper expression in a real situation while self introduction.

    Tks / ju

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    Re: 'David' to 'Dave'

    Actually, you should not make an assumption that David likes to be called Dave or Catherine likes to be called Cathy. Many people do NOT shorten their names or take a nickname.

    Most native speakers have a very good understanding of which (nick)names come from which full names, so there's no need to say "But my full name is..."

    If you say Joe, Dave, Cindy, Pete, Tom, Rich, Bob, Betsy, etc. we know you are really Joseph, David, Cynthia, Peter, Thomas, Richard, Robert, Elizabeth, etc.

    "Hi, I'm Dave" is all you need to say.

    If someone introduced you to another person and says "And this is David Anderson" you can shake hands and say "Dave" with a smile and that person will know you prefer to be called Dave instead of David.


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    Re: 'David' to 'Dave'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I know native English speaker would like to call the name 'David' to 'Dave', "Susanna" to "Sue".

    During conversation, shall I say,
    1. "Dave is my nickname, my real name is David." or
    2. "Dave is my abbreviated name, my whole nam is David." , or,
    3. other.......
    I would like to know a proper expression in a real situation while self introduction.

    Tks / ju
    David is my first name but most people call me Dave for short.

    My name is Forrest Gump...people call me Forrest Gump.

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