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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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or even "yes, you are talking to her"
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In the UK it usually works like this:
Caller: "May I speak to Pamela?"
Events Coordinator at Commission for Mission, UCA Vic/Tas
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"
"If my name was Pamela"?
I think it depends if you are a twin or not.
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...!
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".
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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