"My name is" or "My name's"?

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"My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby Susie » 26 Sep 2005, 18:55

This is something that a French friend, who speaks excellent English, asked me the other day but I couldn't give her a definite answer (I'm new to TEFL and studying grammar!). In written English when the question "What's your name?" is posed, is it good grammer to write "My name's ....." as opposed to "My name is ......."?
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Unread postby SakuraGirl » 27 Mar 2006, 01:31

Although "My name's..." is grammatically correct, it wouldn't be considered proper or formal English.

"My name's..." is more a slang pronunciation than a written form.
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Hello, my name is

Unread postby BrianWalther » 27 Mar 2006, 15:03

Hi ya..

Greetings from Shanghai, China.. and my name is Brian Walthers. Feel free to call me Brian.

You answered your own question.. My name is.. vs. My names' ... one is slang and the other is common.. I think the formal way to introduce yourself is.. I am...

Hello.. Nice to meet you.. I am ....

Take care
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Unread postby SakuraGirl » 27 Mar 2006, 22:16

I didn't pose a question.
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Unread postby Sanzo » 25 Sep 2006, 07:31

SakuraGirl wrote:I didn't pose a question.


I Think he was refering to the one who made the topic.

Anyways, "My name is" would be the proper of the two, and the latter is informal.
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby HeatherC » 01 Sep 2008, 08:13

The simple but confusing answer is: both are correct!

We can use both versions in written or spoken English.

In spoke English, "my name's" is preferred. It is faster an eliminate an entire syllable.

In formal or academic written English, "my name is" is preferred. Many professors will outlaw the use of contractions in academic English.

For everyday written English, both versions are fine. ESL textbooks generally teach both and make sure students know that they both have the same meaning.

The previous post saying that we normally say, "I am" is also correct. Many native speakers alternate between

"Hello, I'm Heather." and "Hello, my name's Heather."

For more information on speaking fluency and formal vs. informal speech - you can see these two detailed lesson plans:

Speaking with Fluency I

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/886233/lesson_plan_speaking_with_fluency.html?cat=4

Speaking with Fluency II

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/888931/lesson_plan_speaking_with_fluency_part.html?cat=4
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby SunShine » 17 Nov 2008, 14:51

On my course we, and all the text books, used the "My name's" version of everything. We never used "Would not" but always "Wouldn't". I personally found that unbelievable, but considering that the other teacher wasn't British and made collocation errors all the time (i.e. she claimed that underneath To Whom It May Concern, you write Dear Sirs) that doesn't surprise me. I don't think my course was very professional. The owners were only interested in running it as a business. I was amazed to learn it was a franchise.
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby SunShine » 22 Nov 2008, 20:12

The thing is, we were never told. Everything was haphazard, nothing followed logic. I was supposed to remember all the students, their names and abilities after having taught them once, a month ago. I made changes to my lesson plan according to how the teacher at the time wanted it to be. I was then downgraded for having done just that. But, I thought that the less noise I make, the better my chances of passing. I am getting my own back now.
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby Fran123 » 25 Nov 2008, 13:50

Hi
I have been teaching french students in immersion courses, mostly aged 11 to 16 and all of them are using contractions e.g. can't, couldn't, name's etc etc. This has led me to believe that this is how they are taught here at school in France. They understand where the contraction has come from, but always offer the contraction, not the whole words, as an answer. And if that is the french way......?
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby danielodo » 26 Nov 2008, 11:54

In general,

my name is would be preferable in written English, and my name's used in spoken English. It is NOT slang, it's just a contraction.

Same goes for wouldn't vs would not.

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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby Krisha » 30 Nov 2008, 08:18

I think when speaking there is no problem using my name's or my name is but in writing we should use my name is :)
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Re: "My name is" or "My name's"?

Unread postby xiphiasatsi » 30 Apr 2013, 11:12

While writing "My name is" is correct and it should be wriiten like that.It is a formal way of writing .
While saying,it is heard as "My name's",here "name" and "is" are compressed.If written,it becomes informal.
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