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When you call someone, do you say "Is this Mr Smith?" or "Is that Mr Smith?" when that person picks up? [duplicate]

I feel it should be this since am talking to the very same person, but for some reason I see some people saying “Is that XYZ?” What are your thoughts about this bit of phone etiquette?
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If a picture of a screen is a screenshot, what is a video of a screen?

I'm looking for a catchy and nice-sounding word. A really nice sounding phrase would although be better than nothing. I record my computer screen a lot and never really found a nice word to describe ...
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How to ask to repeat a phrase?

If voice during phone conversation become gibberish, how to ask a person to repeat last words? I'm living in Cyprus and all local people when speak English just use 'tell me' for this. It this a ...
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vocabulary related to phone put down or something else

What's the word in English when in a phone conversation, one party suddenly put down the reception without saying goodbye or completing the conversation, just because of a tense conversation? Thank ...
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How would i ask for application process completed succesfully [closed]

We applied to International Revenue Service for obtaining ein for our new established USA based company, filled out and thereafter sent SS-4 form through fax and I need to check out on the phone ...
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Word for the action or result of expressing a telephone number as letters/words

You can use the letters on a standard telephone keypad to encode/decode a number to/from letters, eg 439225563 -> HEY CALL ME Is there a name from either the result "HEY CALL ME" or the action of ...
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Should I say "These are ...." when I answer a video call with company? [closed]

We usually answer a phone saying "This is ... " to introduce who is answering. But if I have company and want to introduce me and my company, can I say "These are ..." instead of "This is ..." ? Or ...
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Phrase meaning exceptionally busy phone lines

I'm a professional translator looking for an English equivalent of a phrase that literally means 'the phones were hot' (–which doesn't really cut it in English!) I would actually associate a 'hot line'...
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help translating automated call for registration [closed]

I would like to register to Amazon web services and the during the verification's phone call I need to type 4 digit on my phone. But the registration always fails, the truth is that i dont understand ...
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How was "tin can phone"/"string phone" called before telephone invented?

Or was anything carrying sound to remote already called phone before telephone?
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How should I tell someone "I called you but you didn't answer"? without being rude or confrontational? [closed]

We try to reach people on their phones but sometimes they don't answer. Later while addressing them an email or while speaking to them if we want to inform them about the call then what is the best ...
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A word or phrase for phone service working only one-way

I have a monthly phone subscription, and I need to recharge it. Since I have not yet paid for it, the service is only working one-way. Meaning that I can only receive calls, but I cannot make any ...
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Opening-conversation for requesting a service over the phone

As a non English speaker with a non English name, I find myself opening quite a long question before I even get a confirmation about the fact that, the person in the other side can even help me in ...
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How to ask politely for the caller's name on a phone call [closed]

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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What one should reply to - "Can I talk to Jeremy?"

Situation I receive a call caller asked me;" Can I talk to Jeremy?" What is correct reply and What should I respond to this situation with. he has gone for lunch. he went for lunch. he is ...
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"Who wants to know" on a phone conversation

Caller: "Hello. Is Jane at home?" Answerer: "Who wants to know?" I think I heard this kind of conversation on a TV show once. Probably it was a comedy show. I guess what the ...
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Answering a phone call with "Yes, XX, tell me" [closed]

I have heard a lot of people pick their phone and go "Yes, XX, tell me" (highly used in India). I think the right way should be "Hey, XX, what's up?" or "Hey, XX, what's going on"? But does this work ...
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What do you say when you talk over phone but you can't quite hear what other person says? [closed]

I bought my first phone in my life and I now sometimes get calls from friends and co workers. Sometimes the signal of phone doesn't work well and I can't hear them. What do I say when there is ...
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"She is speaking" vs. "I am speaking"

Tom: "Hi this is Tom, May I speak with Linda please?" Linda: "Yes, she is speaking" Can Linda say "yes, she is speaking" or does she have to say "yes, I am speaking"?
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"On the other end / side" of the phone line

What's the proper way to reference somebody who're you talking with by a peer-to-peer phone line, usually if you don't know who's there exactly? Russian language, for example, has the idiom (они) на ...
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The most natural way of asking for telephone call redirection [closed]

What is the most natural way to ask a hotel receptionist or a secretary to transfer your call to a hotel room or an office? Could you please connect me with room number 321? Could you please transfer ...
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Why in a phone call we use "this is" instead of "I am"?

Why is the right form Hello, this is yzT from english.stackechange.com. instead of Hello, I’m yzT from english.stackexchange.com. I guess non-natives tend to use the latter due to literal ...
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What do you call words that are typed the same way on a phone keypad?

Words that are pronounced the same are homophones. Words that are spelled the same are homonyms. What do you call words that are typed the same way on a telephone keypad? (you have to watch out for ...
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How to reply on telephone conversation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer to 'Is this John?' on phone? When I get a call from some sales agents/shops and they ask, 'Am I speaking with Akpa?' should I just say 'Yes,' or 'yes, ...
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Telephone Conversation [closed]

When you call an acquaintance and she is struggling to recognize you what do native speakers say to make sure that she recognized him? Person A: Hey, this is Joseph from the math class. Person B: hmm[...
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How to answer “Is this John?” on phone [closed]

What is the most appropriate answer (American way)? Yes, John speaking. Yes, it is him. Yes, it is he. Yes. Yes, speaking. I need to answer calls when interviewers/hiring managers call.
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"Call me through/at/on this number"

What is the difference between the following when referring to telephone calls? Please call me on this number. You can reach me on this number. Please call me at this number. You can reach me at ...
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Is "This is from xxx" correct usage?

I placed a phone call and introduced myself this way: "Hi, This is from " and a coworker pointed out that the sentence is grammatically wrong. While I understand that it sounds a bit weird, I'm ...
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Is “checking my résumé” ok?

Is the following sentence correct (when I call a company’s HR department)? Could you please call me back after checking my résumé?
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Cell phone? Cell? Mobile phone? What's the "correct" term?

What's that type of phone called that you don't need a cable for and you can use everywhere in the world (provided there's coverage ;-))? And what differences are there between the regions? USA/UK/...
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"To call" vs. "to ring"

What is the difference between the verbs "call" and "ring" in the meaning of telephoning? For example: I will ring you back shortly. I will call you back shortly.
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How should one answer a business phone?

I am still a bit confused how to receive an external phone call at work. Browsing the internet I find: * Hello? (informal) * Thank you for calling Boyz Autobody. Jody speaking. How can I help you? * ...
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