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Answering the phone

caller: "may i speak with Pamela"? Why is my response "this is she" rather than "this is me", or even "it is i"?

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  • August 22, 2012
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  • shalom C.

    shalom

    shalom C.

    Entrepreneur & Sponsor of Thoughts

    or even "yes, you are talking to her"

  • Graham G.

    Graham

    Graham G.

    Simplicity | Clarity | Wellbeing | Learning

    Top Contributor

    In the UK it usually works like this:

    Caller: "May I speak to Pamela?"

    Pamela: "Speaking."

  • Ann B.

    Ann

    Ann B.

    Events Coordinator at Commission for Mission, UCA Vic/Tas

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    I would say "This is Pamela".

    (If my name were Pamela.)

    And that brings me to another question: is it
    "If my name were Pamela"
    or
    "If my name was Pamela"?

  • shalom C.

    shalom

    shalom C.

    Entrepreneur & Sponsor of Thoughts

    I think it depends if you are a twin or not.

  • Steve V.

    Steve

    Steve V.

    Conductor, Classical Fusion; Music Director/Pianist, AMDA American Opera Lab

    @Ann: "Were," because -- assuming one's name is not "Pamela" -- it's a condition "contrary to fact," and requires the subjunctive.

    After many years of confusion, I've found the "contrary to fact" rule -- incorporating things that "might" happen in future, but haven't yet, and so forth -- to be the most helpful guide for when the subjunctive is required. But I'm still a mess as regards the subjunctive in my other languages...!

    Steve

  • Cecily R.

    Cecily

    Cecily R.

    Technical Author at Arithmetica Ltd

    What a friendly lot you are.

    If an unfamiliar voice calls from an unknown number and asks for Cecily, I ask who is calling and why. Depending on the answer, I may say she won't talk to them and request they don't ring again, offer to take a message, or say, "Actually, I'm Cecily".

  • Graham G.

    Graham

    Graham G.

    Simplicity | Clarity | Wellbeing | Learning

    Top Contributor

    Stephen Fry once left this message on his answering machine:

    "This is Stephen Fry. If you are a friend of mine, please leave a message. If you are a member of the press, f**k off."

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