How can I introduce myself when I text to someone who knows me for the first time after I got her number or when I use a different phone number or when I send an email?

Usually, I use "I am (Igor)."

Is it correct? How is the difference from "this is"?

I suppose just of "feeling" (AmE and BrE).

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This is X (or just It's X) are more natural when introducing yourself to someone who knows you, but doesn't know you're the one speaking or texting.

I am X or My name is X are - in my opinion - better used when introducing yourself to someone who doesn't know you, or doesn't know your name.

A good way to remember that is to consider which question you've been asked - an English speaker would typically ask *Who's that?*or Who's speaking? in the former case, and Who are you? in the latter.

  • Thank you. Is there any difference between "this is" vs "it's"? And, do you think that there is a real difference between "I am" and "this is", because lifewire.com/… they seem to have the same meaning.
    – Igor89
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 23:05
  • Moreover, if I receive i call and I don't know the number, I should ask "Who are you?" and how should he/she answer?
    – Igor89
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 0:05
  • Any suggestions?
    – Igor89
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 16:17
  • @Igor89 Not much of a difference between "this is" and "it's", the former is slightly more formal. And both "I am" and "this is" mean similar things, but "I am Igor" will sound a bit odd to someone who knows you. And if you get a call, the safest question is "Who's speaking?" - "Who is it?" and "Who's that?" are also pretty acceptable. Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 17:44
  • Also, who is it? And, what do you think about my link? Because it seems to use in the same manner "I am" and "It's".
    – Igor89
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 17:52

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