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14:08 Sep 12, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: What is your name?
What is your name?
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Summary of answers provided
na"Comment vous appelez-vous?" , "comment t'appelles-tu?", "quel est votre (ton) nom?"Louise Atfield
naVoir ci-dessous
Bruno Magne
naComment tu t'appelles?sktrans
naComment vous appelez-vous ?
Brigitte Gendebien
naQuel est votre nom?
Mats Wiman


  

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4 mins
Quel est votre nom?


Explanation:
None

Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 18:43
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 2

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Louise Atfield
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1 hr
Comment vous appelez-vous ?


Explanation:
en langage parlé/courant

Brigitte Gendebien
Belgium
Local time: 18:43
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 755

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Louise Atfield
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4 hrs
Comment tu t'appelles?


Explanation:
depending on context and whether you are using the formal or the informal approach you have a variety of options:
Informal: Comment tu t'appelles?
Comment t'appelles-tu?
Tu tappelles comment?
Ton nom c'est quoi?
Formal: as proposed by previous responders: Quel est votre nom?
Comment vous appelez-vous? and
Comment vous vous appelez?
Vous êtes M./Mme....?
Votre nom? (when questioned by abrupt official!)
and the list continues...

sktrans
Local time: 12:43
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 697

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7 hrs
Voir ci-dessous


Explanation:
Formel: comment vous appelez-vous?
Familier: Comment tu t'appelles?

Si quelqu'un demande son nom à une personne, il se réfère au nom (last name) et non pas au prénom.

QUand j'étais au lycée et que le professeur me demandait: Votre nom? Je répondais: Magne (last name), Bruno (first name).

Many French men use to call each other by their last name, especially when they are co-workers. It's a military thing.

Cordialement
Bruno Magne

By the way, quel est votre nom?

Bruno Magne
Local time: 15:43
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 318

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Louise Atfield
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17 hrs
"Comment vous appelez-vous?" , "comment t'appelles-tu?", "quel est votre (ton) nom?"


Explanation:
When you talk to someone in an informal manner, you would ask one of the first two questions, depending whether you want to say "tu" or "vous" to that person. In Quebec, for instance, most young people say "tu" to each other. Or if you talk to a child, you would use "tu". Otherwise, since obviously you don't know the person to whom you ask that question, you would use "vous".

I dislike the question "comment tu t'appelles?" or "comment vous vous appellez", as it is not strictly proper French (although it seems to be a form used in France). But in standard French, it would not be used.

If you are in a situation where, for instance, an official is filling a form and asks you your name, he/she would more likely ask the third question "quel est votre nom" as well as "quel est votre age, quelle est votre occupation, etc."

Of course, you will get any manner of familiar French such as "C'est quoi, ton nom?", or "tu t'appelles comment?" but the above questions are the most proper and the most used.

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 577
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