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  1. MarieLina's Avatar
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    #1

    Can I know your name?

    Is it correct to ask a visitor, whose name I do not know:
    "Can I know your name?"

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    Re: Can I know your name?

    "Can I know your name, please?"

    That's possible, though have is more likely than know, in my opinion.

    If it's a visitor to your house, for example, someone who has come with a friend of yours, you might say:

    I'm sorry, I don't know you name. or:

    Good evening/hello/hi; I'm Marie.
    This is a clue for the other persn to give you their name.

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    Re: Can I know your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "Can I know your name, please?"

    That's possible, though have is more likely than know, in my opinion.

    If it's a visitor to your house, for example, someone who has come with a friend of yours, you might say:

    I'm sorry, I don't know you name. or:

    Good evening/hello/hi; I'm Marie.
    This is a clue for the other persn to give you their name.
    I would say there are different versions for different scenarios.

    If this is a visitor to your house, then you need to be slightly less formal. I would suggest:

    Hi. I'm Bob. And you are...?
    Hi. Sorry, I don't know your name. (This fulfils the great British tradition of apologising for everything!

    In a more formal (business) setting, you would use:

    Good afternoon. May I take your name?
    Good morning. May I have your name please?

    However, if you wake up in the middle of the night and find a burglar in your bedroom, I think the niceties can disappear:

    "OY! Who are you?!"

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    #4

    Re: Can I know your name?

    Thank you all!

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