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Introducing Yourself and Other People

Introducing yourself

When you meet someone for the first time, and they do not already know who you are, you can introduce yourself by saying who you are. You may need to say 'Hello' or make a remark first.
'I'm Helmut,' said the boy. 'I'm Edmond Dorf,' I said.
I had better introduce myself. I am Doctor Marc Rodin.
You must be Kirk. My name's Linda Macintosh.
In formal situations, people sometimes say 'How do you do?' when introducing themselves.
I'm Nigel Jessop. How do you do?

Introducing other people

If you are introducing people who have not met each other before, you say 'This is...'. You introduce each person, unless you have already told one of them who they are going to meet.
'This is Bernadette, Mr Zapp,' said O'Shea.
You use an appropriate form of each person's name, depending on how formal the occasion is.
Note that 'these' is rarely used, although you might say, for example, 'These are my children' or 'These are my parents'. When you are introducing a couple, you can use this once instead of repeating it.
This is Mr Dixon and Miss Peel.
You can just say the name of the person or people you are introducing, showing with your hand which one you mean.

More formal introductions

If you need to be more formal, you first say something like 'May I introduce my brother', 'Let me introduce you to my brother', or 'I'd like to introduce my brother'.
By the way, may I introduce my wife? Karin – Mrs Stannard, an old friend.
Bill, I'd like to introduce Charlie Citrine.
You can also say 'I'd like you to meet...'.
Officer O'Malley, I'd like you to meet Ted Peachum.

More casual introductions

A more casual way of introducing someone is to say something like 'You haven't met John Smith, have you?', 'You don't know John, do you?', or 'I don't think you know John, do you?'
'I don't think you know Ingrid.' – 'No. I don't think we've met. How do you do?'
If you are not quite sure whether an introduction is necessary, you can say something like 'Have you met...?' or 'Do you two know each other?'
'Do you know my husband, Ken?' – 'Hello. I don't think I do.'
If you are fairly sure that the people have met each other before, you say something like 'You know John, don't you?' or 'You've met John, haven't you?'
Hello, come in. You've met Paul.

Responding to an introduction

When you have been introduced to someone, you both say 'Hello'. If you are in an informal situation, you can say 'Hi'. If you are in a formal situation, you can say 'How do you do?'
'Francis, this is Father Sebastian.' – 'Hello, Francis,' Father Sebastian said, offering his hand.
How do you do? Elizabeth has spoken such a lot about you.
People sometimes say 'Pleased to meet you' or 'Nice to meet you'.
Pleased to meet you, Doctor Floyd.
It's so nice to meet you, Edna. Freda's told us so much about you.
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