May I know what is your name

  1. 02-18-2010, 01:14 PM#1
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    May I take your name vs May I have your name

    Hi,

    Whick is more natural to say.

    May I take your name?
    or
    May I have your name?

    Thanks.
  2. 02-18-2010, 01:19 PM#2
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    May I take your name is more common if the speaker wants to 'take down' you name (and details). May I have your name is used whether the speaker wants to take your name down or just wants to know your name. IMO.

    I think I'm splitting hairs though. No real difference.
  3. 02-18-2010, 02:25 PM#3
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    Yes

    take down: write

    have: not related to write; could you tell it to me?
  4. 02-18-2010, 02:42 PM#4
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    Yes but you will often hear natives using it in this way, anyway.
  5. 02-18-2010, 06:44 PM#5
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    Of course. I'd've protested otherwise.
  6. 02-19-2010, 01:39 PM#6
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    The circumstances dictate what phrasing is used. I don't recall ever having heard either request. Frankly, "have" is not a verb I associate with recording someone's name in a list. "Take" is used to put a name on a list against someone's will, or to reserve a place for future service. For example, the authorities take someone's name for future reference (this is never good), and the restaurant takes your name to hold your table reservation.

    When the hostess or maitre d' asks for your name she or he will simply say, "What is the/your name?"

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