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CIP School in the Phils.

Introduced, Are You???

on August 26, 2012

Here are a number of polite phrases used when trying to get the attention or help from people. The use of more formal language is common when speaking to someone you do not know:

Interrupting

It is common to first apologize before interrupting another person, or asking for help if you do not know the person.

Excuse me, could I …
Sorry, do you think I could …
Excuse me, do you know …
I beg your pardon, could you help me? (formal)

Asking Someone to Repeat

When asking for information you may have a hard time understanding in public places which can be very noisy (train stations, restaurants, stores, etc.). Here are phrases commonly used to ask someone to repeat what he has said:

Excuse me, I’m afraid I didn’t understand. Could you repeat that? (formal)
I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. (informal)
What? (very informal!)
I beg your pardon.

(name), I don’t think you’ve met (name).
I don’t think you know (name)
May I introduce you to (name)
(name), do you know (name)?
(name), I’d like you to meet (name)

When you meet someone the first time, it is common to greet the person with “How do you do?” the correct response is “How do you do.” Here is a short introductory conversation:

Ken: Peter, I’d like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: How do you do.
Ken: Mary works for …

A variation is also “It’s a pleasure to meet you.” or “Pleased to meet you.”

Ken: Peter, I’d like you to meet Mary.
Peter: It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Mary: How do you do.
Ken: Mary works for …

Ken: Peter, I’d like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: Pleased to meet you.
Ken: Mary works for …

In informal situations, especially in North America, introductions are also made simply saying: “This is (name).” It is also common to just say “Hi” or “Hello” as a response in this informal setting.

Ken: Peter, this is Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: Pleased to meet you.
Ken: Mary works for …

It is also quite common to shake hands when you are introduced. After the initial introduction, hand shaking generally takes place in more formal, business situations. Otherwise, people just say “Hi.”

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