How to ask about the caller's identity

Dr.Appalayya

Senior Member
India;Telugu
When trying to answer the ringing phone, what should one say to ask about the caller's identity? Can it be said in any of the following ways?

Hello, I am ...speaking; who is speaking please?
Hello, I am Dr....speaking here; who is at the other end?
Hello, this is Dr....here; may I know who is calling please?
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Hello Dr. A. You might find this thread intereesting: How do you answer the telephone in your country?

    Ewie is more polite than I. If somebody asks: "May I know who's calling," (or something similar) I usually answer : "Yes."

    If it's a call to my home and the caller doesn't identify himself/herself (which I consider impolite to start with), I just say "Who's calling, please."
     
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