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    How can I call you?

    Hi all,

    When I say "How can I call you?", am I requesting your phone number or your name?

    Really, I got confused already for a long period.
    But certainly, I know that I could directly say " what is your number/name".

    Thanks.

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    Re: How can I call you?

    "How can I call you" might mean "what is your phone number", but just barely, not naturally. It could never mean "what is your name?"

    In AmE we say " How can I contact you?" or "reach you" or "get in touch with you". And the answer might be an e-mail address rather than a phone number.

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    Re: How can I call you?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It could never mean "what is your name?"
    Could "what should I call you?" mean so?

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    Re: How can I call you?

    Yes.

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    Re: How can I call you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Could "what should I call you?" mean so?
    It could also be used when you know their name but are not sure whether to use the first name or family name.

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