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    #1

    John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Please check my sentence.

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    #2

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Perfect!

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    #3

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Let's hope he remembers that he lied about his name when he arrives at the restaurant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    You could use under the name of Jerry.

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    #5

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Tufguy, are you aware that your sentence means that John was booking a table for himself but he told the restaurant his name was Jerry, not John? I just want to be sure that you weren't trying to say that John booked a table on behalf of Jerry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Tufguy, are you aware that your sentence means that John was booking a table for himself but he told the restaurant his name was Jerry, not John? I just want to be sure that you weren't trying to say that John booked a table on behalf of Jerry.

    Yes, he booked a table on behalf of Jerry. This is what I want to say. So do we need to say something different if we have to say this?

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    #7

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Yes. You do. As EMS suggested, use "on behalf of" instead of "in the name".

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    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Yes, he booked a table on behalf of Jerry. This is what I want to say. So do we need to say something different if we have to say this?
    Yes, you need to use "on behalf of Jerry" or "for Jerry".

    The actual phone conversation would sound the same regardless of whether John was simply lying about his name or booking the table for his friend/colleague.

    (Phone rings)
    Restaurant owner: Hello. Planet Delicious.
    John: Hi. I'd like to book a table please.
    Owner: Of course. When for?
    John: Saturday the third of June.
    Owner: OK. What time?
    John: 7.30.
    Owner: Yes, that's fine. For how many people?
    John: Six.
    Owner: OK. That's all booked in. Can I take your name please?
    John: Jerry.
    Owner: Great. See you on the 3rd.
    John: Thanks. Bye.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    I would be more likely to hear a conversation like this in my town. I'm filling in for John but this is what I would generally expect to hear from the operator. (hearing directly from a restaurant owner is not typical but possible in smaller restaurants).

    Operator: Planet Delicious, this is Max. How can I help you?
    John: Hi. I want to book a table please.
    Owner: When?
    John: This Saturday.
    Owner: We got 6, 7, 7:30, or 8.
    John: 7.30 please.
    Owner: How many people?
    John: Six.
    Owner: Can I take your name?
    John: Jerry.
    Owner: I got you down. Anything else?
    John: No. Thanks. Bye.
    Last edited by andrewg927; 24-May-2017 at 07:54.

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    #10

    Re: John called a restaurant and booked a table in the name of Jerry.

    The original sentence is fine.

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