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    first names

    Hi

    Is it OK to write: I'm not sure if I felt comfortable if I started to call these old people by their first names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it OK to write: I'm not sure if I felt comfortable if I started to call these old people by their first names.

    cheers
    No, it's not really correct. I can't say exactly what you would like to communicate with this sentence, but I'll rewrite it with the meaning that I think you intended. Let me know, please, if this matches the meaning you have in mind.

    I'm not sure that I could start calling these elderly people by their first names even if I felt comfortable doing so.


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    Re: first names

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I'm not sure that I could start calling these elderly people by their first names even if I felt comfortable doing so.

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    Yes, I think this is what I wanted to say. I should have written "elderly" instead of "old people", but I thought that "old people" would work?

    I just wanted to say that I don't like calling people by their first names, especially if they are much older than me, because than I don't feel comfortable.

    Thanks

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    Re: first names

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it OK to write: I'm not sure if I felt comfortable if I started to call these old people by their first names.

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    I understand it like this: "I'm not sure I would feel comfortable calling these elderly people by their first names."


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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Yes, I think this is what I wanted to say. I should have written "elderly" instead of "old people", but I thought that "old people" would work?

    I just wanted to say that I don't like calling people by their first names, especially if they are much older than me, because than I don't feel comfortable.

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    Using "old" is correct, but it is more respectful and sensitive to use "elderly". The word "old" has negative connotations about it that "elderly" does not.


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    Re: first names

    But I suppose that "calling sb by their first names" and "calling sb names" mean 2 different things :)

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