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  1. Newbie
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      • Native Language:
      • Indonesian
      • Home Country:
      • Indonesia
      • Current Location:
      • Indonesia

    • Join Date: Mar 2016
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    There is no such a name.

    Dear Teacher,

    I received a phone call looking for a person which in fact there is no such a name in the office.

    Caller: "Can I speak with Mr. Tony?"
    I answered: "There is no such a name in this office".

    Did I answered naturally?
    Is there any better response?

    Thank you.

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
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    Re: There is no such a name.

    I'm sorry, but there's no one by that name here.
    I'm sorry. No one by that name works here.

    Note that we don't say "Mr. First Name"

    If my name is Barbara Jones, I am "Ms. Jones" not "Ms. Barbara."
    Tony Smith is "Mr. Smith" not "Mr. Tony."
    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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