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Is the following sentence rude in business conversation?

Is this (name)'s phone?

I want to ask if the speaker is the person who I'm looking for.

  • Welcome to ELL, Pika. I've edited a bit your post to highlight the sentence. Also notice that I've changed the determiner that you have used before person. You're looking for a SPECIFIC person [the one whose name you're asking] not just A person. – RubioRic May 6 at 6:22
  • @RubioRic Thanks for your help! :) – Pika May 6 at 6:36
  • So why don't you ask "Is this (name)?" It might be their phone, but someone else picking up. – Daniel Roseman May 6 at 7:56
  • @DanielRoseman Thank you! In korea, we often ask, 'Is this (name)'s phone?' so I thought it's same in other countries. – Pika May 13 at 7:00
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Whether it is "rude" or not depends on your tone. By itself, "Is this (name)'s phone?" does not have a connotation of rudeness.

Note that we usually say

Hi, is this John? or Hi, am I speaking to John?

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  • I get it. Thank you! – Pika May 6 at 8:02

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