If I am introducing my name to a business client, which of these are correct:

 1. Hello! Myself John.
 2. Hello! My name is John.
 3. Hello! I am John.
 4. Hello! This is John.
 5. Hello! John.
  • Numbers 2 and 3 are used all the time. Number 5 only as an ell – GoDucks Jan 31 '16 at 15:41
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    #4 is used on the telephone. (#2 & #3 are also acceptable for telephone) – Adam Feb 1 '16 at 17:58

Numbers 2, 3, and 5 are standard ways to introduce yourself (if your name is John!).

Number 5 is less formal that the other two, and requires a particular kind of situation to be socially appropriate. It also requires certain pronunciation features and probably nonverbal behaviors to seem conventional.

Thus, numbers 2 and 3 are the safest and most standard of the list.

We cannot use "Myself John" to introduce ourselves.


Numbers 2 and 3 are used all the time. You should learn those two forms first.

Number 5 would be comparatively rare, and it would represent either 2 or 3, with the other words elided (left out). It might be used when a person is meeting several people at one time. You can say #4 as well as #3 to identify yourself over the phone. A context in which #5 would be correct is possible, but so rare (and some might say far-fetched) that you can forget it. For normal daily situations, it would not be used.

  • #5 (eliding everything but your name) is actually somewhat common in the specific case of shaking hands in introduction, especially if you're going to include a title or other description: offer hand to shake "Hello! John Smith, head of project development." Or: "Hi! John. I went to school with your brother." – MrTheWalrus Feb 1 '16 at 18:49
  • Yes @MrTheWalrus I know that. And so it is comparatively rare compared with 2 and 3. – GoDucks Feb 1 '16 at 18:52

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