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    Anne or Annie

    Hello!
    Are 'Anne', 'Annie' and 'Anna' the same? Please! This is troubling me.
    All the best,

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    Re: Anne or Annie

    Technically they are three different names, although "Annie" is sometimes a nickname given to people named "Anne." ("Ann" and "Anne" are pronounced the same - the "e" is silent.)

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    #3

    Re: Anne or Annie

    They're all variant forms of the same name.

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    Re: Anne or Annie

    Ann, Anne, and Anna are three distinct names. I suppose that Annie could be one too, but it is usually a nickname for one of the first three.

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    Re: Anne or Annie

    As a general rule, do not assume someone uses a nickname.
    If the woman's name is "Anne" don't call her "Annie."
    If the man's name is "Michael" don't call him "Mike."

    They will let you know how they prefer to be addressed.

    My name is Barbara. Barb is fine. But there have been a few people who have had the very odd idea that I"d like to be called "Barbie." They were very wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Anne or Annie

    Not a teacher

    To me these are different names and shouldn`t be used as interchangeable nicknames. You have to ask the woman how she prefers to be addressed.

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    Re: Anne or Annie

    Ann, Anne and Anna are all full names, not nicknames. "Annie" might be the name someone was given at birth or it might be a sort of nickname which has developed over the years. Generally, we refer to people by the name they use when they introduce themselves or use a name that they go on to tell us is acceptable to them.

    I have a friend called Catherine. I have known her for over 20 years and she is "Cathy". That is what she calls herself and that is what everyone calls her. However, we used to work together and our boss insisted, for 3 years, on calling her "Cath". It infuriated her. She had never suggested to him that he could call her that (and she dislikes that particular shortening of her name). Her job application gave her name as Cathy. All the office documentation used Cathy. The boss's excuse was that he had a relative called Catherine who was always called Cath so he automatically used that abbreviation for all Catherines. Needless to say, my friend did not accept this and corrected him every time he tried to call her Cath.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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