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接电话时说 喂,请问你找谁?英语怎么说? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-4-20 16:54:05 |Display all floors

[ Last edited by jixiezhang at 2007-4-20 04:55 PM ]

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Who do you wish to talk to?

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Post time 2007-4-20 20:26:53 |Display all floors

who vs. whom

I sometimes have this problem, too.

Here's a trick from wikipedia:

To determine whether who or whom should be used in a sentence, it may be helpful to recast the sentence in non-interrogative form using a personal pronoun (he, she, etc.) to determine whether he or she (subjects), or him or her (objects) would be used in place of who or whom. For example, in determining:

    * *Who did you call? versus Whom did you call?

this yields:

    * incorrect — *You called she.
    * correct — You called her.

Whom is the form used when prepositions are involved. Again this is analogous to personal pronouns, for which the objective form is also used after a preposition. For example:

    * To whom have you been talking? (Compare: You have been talking to him.)
    * For whom have you taken these marvellous photographs? (You have taken these marvellous photographs for him.)
    * With whom are you going to the cinema? (You are going to the cinema with him.)
    * He sent gifts to his granddaughter, of whom he was fond.
    * He sent gifts to his granddaughter, whom he was fond of.

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Post time 2007-4-22 21:27:57 |Display all floors


Who are you trying to reach?

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Post time 2007-4-24 12:09:28 |Display all floors

Here you are.

people usually say "How may I help you?" or "How may I direct your call?"

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Post time 2007-4-24 18:08:53 |Display all floors

This is very Chinese

In English, you will almost never answer a phone call by asking who the caller wishes to speak to.
Rather you identify yourself as part of the greetings, or you try to identify the caller.
Then the caller would let you know his/her intentions.
You then proceed...

Eg. Hello, XYZ company. Jixiezhang speaking. How may I help you?
"May I speak to Ms Liu, this is Jack"
"May I know who is calling?" or "what is it regarding?" etc etc

Private: Hello. Jixiezhang here. To whom am I speaking?

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Post time 2007-4-24 22:42:19 |Display all floors
thank you for share

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