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how to ask for peoples names without sounding rude

  • This question needs much more info, please edit it. Especially: Why do you want to ask their name? You are asking this on an international forum and telephone customs differ from country to country (so tell us yours): in Italy people will answer with 'Pronto', in The Netherlands people will answer with their name. – user8036 Mar 23 '16 at 10:53
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    There is no universally applicable answer beyond "just ask them and don't be rude". VTC as too broad. – Lilienthal Mar 23 '16 at 10:56
  • "Can I ask who's calling?" – Brandin Mar 23 '16 at 11:30
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"I'm sorry, your name is...?"

"Can I say who is calling?"

"Sorry, I missed your name..."

Make it sound like your mistake and it becomes fine.

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    Or 'Can I have your name please', just put a 'please' on the end and it's all good. – Kilisi Mar 23 '16 at 9:56

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