In case I've received a call and I don't know the caller I want to politely ask the name of the caller. What should I say in this situation?

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    'May I ask who I am speaking with' usually does the trick. Aug 19, 2015 at 19:00
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    Welcome to EL&U. Can you narrow down your question at all? There are probably hundreds of ways to ask, from Sorry, who's this? to And with whom may I say I have the pleasure of speaking? A simple web search on "telephone etiquette" should turn up an ample number of acceptable options. As initially presented, I think this question is either too broad, too opinion-based, or too-lacking in preliminary research to be answerable here.
    – choster
    Aug 19, 2015 at 19:24
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    @choster Thanks my friend. I am waiting for a call from a company which may want to hire me and at the first call I want to ask for the callers name very politely. Aug 19, 2015 at 19:33
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    May I ask who's calling?
    – ewormuth
    Aug 19, 2015 at 19:38
  • ewormuth's is the best, in my opinion; you may add a "please" at the end, since this is (hopefully) a potential employer calling! Aug 21, 2015 at 1:50

2 Answers 2


To whom am I speaking?

With whom do I have the pleasure of speaking?

Who's calling, please?

If the call is for someone else:

Who may I say is calling?

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    Also, "I'm sorry, what was your name again?" With this phrase, you're pretending the other person was polite enough to say it (even if they didn't) and you just didn't hear.
    – Zwi
    Aug 19, 2015 at 19:05
  • Zwi, why not make that an answer?
    – Yeshe
    Aug 19, 2015 at 19:40
  • @Yeshe - I didn't want to make an orphan answer that was one line, or steal all of Steven's good answers to throw in with mine! But combined, they make a nice, rounded list of possibilities.
    – Zwi
    Aug 19, 2015 at 20:08
  • A shortened version of one of Steven's proposals is "With whom do I have the pleasure?" But in my experience, both versions of this one whiz right past most people. Aug 21, 2015 at 1:49

You should say

I would appreciate if you can tell me your name again.

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