Introducing yourself

Here are some phrases you can use to introduce yourself.

My name is …

I’m…

Glad to meet you. My name is Gautam.

Nice to meet you. I’m Meera.

In a more formal style, you can say:

Let me introduce myself. My name is Shiva.

I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Supriya Nambiar.

Introducing other people

To introduce other people, you can use an expression beginning with This is…

This is my friend, Peter.

This is my sister, Arya.

This is my brother, Raj.

This is my father, Mr. Jacob.

This is my mother, Mrs. Rani.

This is Mini, my colleague.

This is my daughter, Nivedita.

When we introduce more than one person at the same time, we use These are.

These are my friends, Rahul and Sonia.

These are my children, Adi and Neetha.

These are my grandparents.

While introducing our family members or close friends, we usually only use the first name. Full names (first name + surname) are used in more formal situations.

This is my colleague, Raveeena Sharma.

Read the piece of conversation given below.

Storyline: Ram introduces his friend Aditi to Shyam.

Ram: Hello, this is my friend, Aditi.

Shyam: Hi Aditi. Nice to meet you. My name is Shyam.

Aditi: Nice to meet you too, Shyam.

Shyam: What do you do?

Aditi: I work at a bank. What about you? Do you work?

Shyam: Yeah. I am an engineer.

When people are introduced to one other, they usually say Hello or Hi. In very formal British English, How do you do? is used. In American English

How are you? is more common. Note that How do you do? is not a question and the normal reply is How do you do?

Ram: Hi Shyam, how do you do?

Shyam: How do you do? Long time no see.

Ram: Well, I was in Japan.

Shyam: You work there?

Ram: Yeah.

Other useful phrases

Other phrases you can use to introduce people are:

  • I don’t think you two know each other, do you?
  • In a very formal style we can use structures with may or can.
  • May I introduce my friend Martin?
  • Can I introduce our new secretary Mathews?

 

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Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I am Manjusha. This is my blog where I give English grammar lessons and worksheets.

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