My name is... or I am ... or This is .....


Senior Member
Dear all,

Can you please advise what are the times you use the below expressions when introducing yourself?

My name is.....

I am......

This is..... (I am thinking when I am on the phone or I introduce others)

Thank you in advance.
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    "My name is..." and "I am..." are pretty much interchangeable. You would use "I am..." when the person would have heard or seen your name before: for example, when you had "met" only via correspondence and were now meeting in person for the first time.

    "This is..." is used, as you correctly note, when speaking on the phone or when introducing someone to someone else.
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