May I take your name? Is this statement grammatically incorrect?

Are you just asking what the person's name is? That is the wrong phrasing. Try this.

"May I have your name?" or "Can you tell me your name, please?"

3 Replies to “May I take your name? Is this statement grammatically incorrect?”

  1. "May I take your name" has overtones of a woman "taking her husband's name" in marriage. This may be more common in certain age groups, or certain regions, but it will echo with many readers. It also fits the literal, word-by-word meaning of the phrase better that does "Please tell me you name, so that I may record it?" which I assume would be the fully accurate if inartful question.

    This fall into a linguistic groove may be avoided by "may I have your name. please?"

  2. "May I take your name ?" is correct when you are intending to include someones name in a specific list. For example including his name in a list who are willing to come for picnick, out door session  etc.,
    "May I ask for your ( good ) name? " is correct when you want to know his name.
    Depending upon the situation or context you may use the language. At times informal style (i.e not based on the rigid rules of Grammar ) may alos be followed.

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