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Questions tagged [names]

This tag is for questions related to given names, surnames, and linguistic aspects of naming in English.

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Is it OK to refer to the name of an applicant in a recommendation letter by his/her family name alone?

I am writing a recommendation letter to support an employee's application for graduate schools in Canada. For example, if his name is Kai Kang,where Kai is the given name and Kang is the family name....
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Can I use a person's name instead of the pronoun “you”?

When talking to someone, can I use their name in place of "you"? Is this only used when talking a certain way (e.g. to children)? Or is this not done in English at all? Example: Ann is talking ...
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There was a farmer had a dog, but which one was named Bingo?

There was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o. From these words alone (so, without appealing to different versions, translations, likelihoods of names, etc.), is there some way to decide ...
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How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague?

How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague, but he has changed jobs?
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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Should I pronounce my russian name as an american or as a russian?

In meetings with my teammates from USA they pronounce my russian name "Artem" with American accent(not the way other russians pronounce it). Should I also pronounce other's Russian names with the ...
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Why there is an indefinite article “We have a Hulk”

Loki: I have an army. Tony Stark: We have a Hulk. (The Avengers quote on IMDB) I just can't get why Stark uses an indefinite article with a real person in a phrase "We have a Hulk", is this ...
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In which case(s) we should address sb. his “last name” vs “first name”?

I read this news article, where 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts went missing. Her name is Mollie Tibbetts. If I get it correct, Mollie is her first name and Tibbetts is her last name or surname. As we can ...
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What is the meaning of “Dirty Dick”?

In London, there is a pretty famous bar called "Dirty Dick". I imagined how I would translate it to my language, giggled, and started looking a resonable meaning of "Dirty Dick". Here is what I have ...
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how to catch the names in audio materials?

I'm learning English via listening to audio materials, such as "A murder is announced" BBC radio program recorded. However, I'm quite bad at remember the names. After 3 to 5 minutes, I'm soon lost at ...
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What the name for these things?

Could you please tell me, how to call these things in English N.B. monograms, ciphers, cartouches don't fit the meaning Thank you in advance
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What does “-“ mean in the man name ”Chris Devonshire-Ellis"?

According to western convention, full name is composed of three parts: first name, middle name, and last name. For example: Donald John Trump George Walker Bush Chris Devonshire-Ellis in the ...
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the correct way to name a system that help find something

Hi I want to do a promo spot for a system that helps people find services online, I want to use the word "Finder", but some people tell me that is only valid when referring to a person not to a "...
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Which real/common English words, e.g. names, sound like [tsɑŋ55]?

Which real/common English words, e.g. names, sound like [tsɑŋ55]? “Jan”[dʒæn] & “Jane” [dʒeɪn], for example, are close enough to [tɕiɛn214]. In fact, "Jan" is almost perfect. “Song”([sɑŋ]or[sɒːŋ]...
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Why “Google Translate” instead of “Google Translation/Translator”?

Why has Google named its translation service "Google Translate"? Wouldn't "Google Translation" or "Google Translator" be more natural?
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What's this called?

So, I skipped my morning breakfast and went off to write an exam. I came back home at the time of lunch, but I slept, without eating. I had my first meal of the day at around 5PM. So what would this ...
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Are there English surnames that begin with the article “The”? [closed]

Are there English surnames that begin with the article "The"? (For example "Therock" or even with separate words like "The Rock".) I was wondering this because in my language (Italian) there are ...
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“Senior” and “Junior” suffixes on ID cards and passports

And are the suffixes "junior" and "senior" added in the names on passports? And also on identity cards? Or is it just informal and only said aloud?
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“Senior” and “Junior” suffixes

Is it possible to call a child "Jack Watson Junior" if his father is called "Charles Watson"? Is it necessary that the father and the son have the same name to be called "Junior" and "Senior" or is it ...
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Title for young girl

If Master is used as a title for writing the name of a young boy (as in Master William), what is used before the name of a young girl?
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The person who works for a University while studying there

What do you call a student at a University who gets hired by the University part time to do tasks around the university such as watching the front desk. Is there an official title for students like ...
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“A cat named Easter” [closed]

There is a song called "Crucify" by Tori Amos from the album Little Earthquakes, where the following part caught my attention: ... I know a cat named Easter He says, "Will you ever learn? You'...
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That story about not-so-careful Hans is called 'Careful Hans'

There's the very popular children's story called Careful Hans. Careful Hans is a story about a not-so-careful and foolish boy, Hans. Why is this so? I understand the name of a story doesn't ...
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The name of the vegetable

What is the right name for this vegetable (see the picture above)? I usually call it a (vegetable) marrow. Is it correct to call it a squash? (Pumpkins and courgette are types of squashes, so I ...
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What is the name / term of this symbol, half tick half cross [closed]

My teachers sometimes put this symbol in my homework. Does it have a name or term in English?
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Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's [closed]

Some institutes are called Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's. Saifur is a person's name. His language institute reads 'S@ifur's. My question is why this institute is named with an apostrophe 's' at the ...
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What's the proper use of titles in sentences?

How should one uses titles in sentences? Should I capitalize the title? I talked to General Lee. or not, I talked to general Lee. And if the name is not mentioned, but I'm talking about the ...
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How can it be explained the name of a car Range Rover? [closed]

How can it be explained the name of a car Range Rover? What assassinations does the name of it have? thanks
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English people names and street names

I know learning grammar and vocab is so painful, but that's not the hardest part to me. What makes me feel most difficult is the English name for people and streets. They are complicated, no ...
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Should adjectives derived from people's name start always with an uppercase letter?

I've seen adjectives like "Guassian" (e.g., Guassian elimination) or "Bayesian" (e.g., Bayesian networks) which derive from people's names. In the previous examples, "Guassian" derives from "Gauss" ...
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Jonathan mistaken as Jonaton

My name - Jonathan - is fairly common in English. However, several times people have typed it incorrectly as Jonaton. This includes both people with whom I spoke and people with whom I only ...
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Definite article between name and a nickname

Is that true that I can use that phrasing: "my first(given) name" the "my nickname" ? What exactly do native speakers think when they hear such phrasing? Is it appropriate to use as a whole nickname?...
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How to refer to a label?

I wrote: After performing the extraction command, (the Post-Assignments part / Post-Assignments) of each rule is / are carried out. Similar to Pre-Assignments, they may update or set some ...
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Names starting with 'the'

A couple of days ago, my friend and I were both reading and analyzing a Newsweek so we came across a some kind of strange grammar that I couldn't find a reason to justify. Here's the quote (the ...
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Why is it “Deadpool”, not “Dead Pool”?

I have watched the movie Deadpool. I found the name quite interesting and read the following article about its origin. As explained in the movie, Deadpool takes his name from the “dead pool” at ...
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Where do I put the period when I abbreviate someone's name?

If I was shortening someone's last name to only the first letter, but not doing it for the first name, would I put the dot after the last name or between the first name and the last name? For example,...
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(The) Putin's ratings shot up. Is the definite article allowed here?

In a sentence where the definite article precedes someone's name, as in this example: The war campaign has boosted the Putin's ratings. could the definite article be used? Would the above example ...
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Graham vs. Graeme

Scotish English is very strange (like some dialects of my language, Czech). It is not easy to read, speak or even understand it for foreign speakers, and also for (almost) native speaker (my teacher ...
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the possessive plural of a French family name ending in x

what is the possessive plural of the French name Rioux, in an English text? Is it the Riouxes' house or the Riouxs' house?
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Correct construction of the sentence “Marcs computer”

How could I write sentence below in two words: Original: "The computer from Marc is damaged." With less words: "Marcs computer is damaged." Is this correct and what about the name ends with a,...
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Use “Showa” or “Hirohito” in this context?

Should "Showa" or "Hirohito" be used in the following context, which is in everyday conversation, rather than formal writing? before world war 2, schoolchildren went to school on National ...
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Is introducing yourself with “myself” completely wrong English?

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.
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What does 'The Odd Couple' mean as a phrase?

I'm watching tv series called The odd Couple i tried to understand the meaning of that expression by watching it but i'm still not satisfied about the true meaning of it What does 'The odd Couple' ...
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Is Irene Adler in the Sherlock Holmes series pronounced eye-REEN or eye-REE-nee?

For some years I thought that, over in England, any woman with that name was always eye-REE-nee (like the second principle character of the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy), and never eye-REEN. Now I'...
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Is there a proper term for pseudo-Biblical names?

Most given names fall into one of these five categories: Pre-Christian Latin and Latinate names. Examples: Vincent, Anthony, Julia, Lucy. Pre-Christian Greek names. Examples: Philip, Nicholas, Helen, ...
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How do Americans respond when asked for their names?

I heard a character on TV, when asked for his name, responded: My name is Bond, James Bond. Why doesn't Mr. 007 reply, "My name is James Bond". I am not familiar with first/middle/last name ...
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How to choose the spelling of a foreign name

Are there any rules for spelling names in English that come from other languages? My name is Maysam, and I spell it like that. But some people say it is Maeisam and such as that... Is there a ...
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Etiquette for mixing name and initial

In emails and on the internet, sometimes people write signature with full first name and last initial, sometimes first initial and full last name. Is there any difference between the two or is it ...
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During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling people first name and last name?

During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling one first name or last name? I assume one if colloquial and one is more formal but not sure. Thank you very much!
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Is it incorrect to pronounce names like in native language? [closed]

When I speak of somebody, e.g. Einstein, the German way of pronouncing this is Ein-sh-tein. Should I avoid German pronunciation in German names or not?