I found the following example in Genesis 22:1:

Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered.

Is "here I am" considered as a polite response when someone called your name? Are there any polite alternatives?

I am aware of this question; what I am asking here is a polite response when someone whom you know calls you.

1 Answer 1


Taking English Lessons from Abraham is a new idea!

It's polite to say "Here I am". But it is not a common response.

You would have to understand the context in which someone is saying your name. Sometimes when someone calls your name it implies

Abraham! <Where are you? I can't see you>

In which case you could come from the place in which you are hiding and say "Here I am!".

More often it means

Abraham! <Look this way and pay attention to me>

In this case, it would be normal to respond:

Yes <I will pay attention to you>


What? <do you want from me?>

Sometimes it means

Abraham. <It's good to see you>

So you would respond with


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .