Best ways to ask someone’s name.

What’s your name? or can I take your name is probably the most used English expression when using the word “name”.  But speaking good English is always about learning new ways of using the same word in everyday English conversations.  So let’s have a look at how else this word can be used

Your full name- complete name-first, Middle and last name (surname/family -name)nickname-called by a different name other than you official name-victoria –vicky, Thomas-tom..nicknames can also be kept based on your personality or appearance-lefty..sugar

Maiden name –last name before marriage for a woman, after marriage some women choose to keep both names (maiden and married) and hyphenate their last name

Pseudonym-official name but different from your real name-kept for privacy reasons..writers have a pen name-stage actors/entertainers. Musicians-stage name

Alias-alternative name-used usually by criminals to deceive people

Named after-named after a certain person or in honor of that person

Didn’t catch your name-didn’t hear someone introducing their name-polite way of asking them to repeat it again

I’m terrible with names-have difficulty remembering names

Does the name ring a bill – mean anything to you-does a name sound familiar/do you recognize the name from somewhere

Protect their good name-preserving their good reputation

To give a bad name-to cause people to lose respect for a person or thing

Make a  name for yourself-become well known for your work or activity

Household name-known by a lot of people

Call someone names-calling someone by a rude or offensive name to insult the

Clear your name-proving yourself innocent after being suspected or accused of a crime

Drop names-emotions the name of important people that one is connected with to make oneself appear important

Don’t want to name names-don’t want to reveal names of people who are involved in something..especially something illegal

You name it-anything you want or can imagine

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