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"My Names Are" Or "My Name Is"?

I think very many people make the mistake of saying "my names are" but i simply think a name can be compound but that doesn't make it plural. It could be a turn down for the interviewer or what do you think

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The case is simple. Indeed you can have several first names. If you wish to list them, you may say: my first names are: give a list of them. However, if you introduce yourself and state your full name: Abraham Olawale Abiola, you say: my name is… It is just one name and not several names put together.

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i thought i was the only one that gets really disturbed when people say my names are, but it's actually correct. come see testimony time for my naija church; my names are...........i swear my head go dey burn with anger

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The subject is "my names" which is a

plural and therefore "are" is used. If the subject

had to be "my name" then "is" would be used

because the subject is singular. This is the rule of

concord my people.

and by the way,its not polite introducing yourself and mentioning your middle name

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Its erroneous to say 'my names are...'

Can only ask; 'wt re ur names?'.optional though..bt ur response must be..'my name is' even if u bear thousands of names.

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Got in2 argument 2day again with some guys, jst checking.

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So guy'z all you all are saying is that, the correct Word to use is "my name is" and not my names are. well i think u guy'z has thought so many 9gerians English Languge, becoz i check for it and got some info. that it is "my name is" and not my names are,

bless ya all.

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but the thing been signified here is for ONE person. eg my name is charles douglas roberts.

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itz very simple logic. when u have more than one thing (doesnt matter wat it is), it becomes "are", lol

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in the university, it was comrade-like (to show you are a rebel against the universitY authority) to use " my names are, "

However, the correct english is My name is ,

Not my opinion but check this dictionary site out, http://www.reference.com/search?q=my%20names%20are&r=d&db=web.

Most Nigerian english sucks and by the nature of our birth, a lot of us are guilty. e.g nigerian english even in the dailies (neck to neck) but the correct english is neck and neck finish.

SOMETHINGS LOOK RIGHT BUT THEY MIGHT NOT BE.

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Yes we are Nigerians, but the truth is that we can never 'Nigerianise' the English language. There is nothing like 'my names are', the right thing to say is 'my name is' wether you are referring to many names or just one. The reason for this argument is that those names belong to one and only one person.

Guys please check out the Oxford Advanced learners Dictionary, 6th edition, page 778. Study the box at 'more about names and titles' . You may also want to Read the meaning of 'name' there, it says ', word or words, '

Wether the question is 'what is your name?' or 'what is your full name?', the answer is 'my name is'.

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I think some people are trying to display there low level in English. no one knows it all for those that have the wisdom of been submissive for corrections. budix gave unambiguous explanation on this trend, but is been contested here for fun instead of utilising the advantage to avoid unwanted embarrassment in public yet they are trading it for laugh.

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Unless you have some split personality you are only one person

Therefore "my name is" is always correct, people never say "my name are"

Would you say their name is Bob, Mike, and Dwayne because it is one name each.

You all should know the difference between singular and plural usage of words, come on.

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simple english

"my name is" correct expression

"my names are" wrong and please do not say this in public places

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If your "names are" then you must be a demon and I will cast you into the Sahara desert in the Sudan region.

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Well! well! well! You have all spoken well. Concerning the topic,  .My name IS or ARE.

It is advisable for job seekers like most of us to use my name is for this obvious reasons. Firstly, using my name are, it is an act of garrulousity and pride which the interviewer will not tolerate in all aspects because you are in for business and nobody cares about your other names.

Secondly, I participated in an opened interview conducted by a bank, a guy lost out of the race for using my name are. Looking at the statement my name are, is it not irritiating? Anyway, for those that are ready to learn and to avoid public disgrace, please you can introduce yourself by saying,  I am so, so and so simple. For better understanding, pls, consult A-Z English textbook and the latest Oxford Dictionary.

Best regards to you all.

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think topic seems very interesting, you guys that studied 4 or 5 years of English Language or related course should help the engineering graduates out. I was taught from school as 'My name is' Obanikoro Fashould Agbaje. i haven't been turned down yet from an interview so far. Good luck

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theodre you no what i have to tell you the part of your msg is sensible but the begining is out of it why not make your corrections instead of insulting another member .I think it will be better to generalize your reply to post and dont think your better cos you are not the fact that you can type with a keyboard does not make you betterv than someone who uses a typewritter fool.

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The names of my country are "the Federal Republic of Nigeria".

Get real people. This argument is getting nauseating.

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Hi Budx,

It's not just about what is said. It's also important how you say it. Your argument makes sense but I think you should be more polite next time.

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My name is Bond, James Bond.

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Why overstress the obvious? The correct expression is my name is.

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I think it is high time people realize the effect of grammatical blonder.In a line statement,I think the phrase 'my name is' is conventionally accepted.But my niger broda go want speak we obodo grammer.

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i enjoyed this chat session.it is quite interesting and educational.

nevertheless, i would like to advise at this stage that the argument be discontinued as it is not important in your interview unless u are being interviewed to teach english lang.

i have been to so many interviews and i was successful in most.

i can assure u it doesnt matter to your prospective employer whether u say ,'my name is' or 'my names are'.

i normally use 'my name is'.

your humble brother from exxonmobil

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Let everyone in this house hear and believe this: the correct expression is

'MY NAME IS'.Your name is one, every other one included in the norminal expression is a qualifier and should not affect the verb pattern(is/are) with which such name is associated.No matter the number,once they belong to an individual,names are treated as a unit.End of discussion.

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What you are called is usually a function of three parts: 1. a generic substantive, or simply a surname that indicates what family you are of; 2. a particular substantive, or a first name that shows who you are as distinct from others in your nuclear family, and 3. a peripheral substantive, or a second name that further identifies you as an individual. But all these three parts are connected by you that bear them. So, it may be misleading to view them as diverse, and hence to have to say 'my names are.' I think 'my name is' will do just fine for any interview. My name is, for example, Olusegun Obasanjo. QED!

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"my name is" is right. Born and educated in the states I never hear "my names are" and if I did I would find it funny.

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well,i am quite impressed with the level of intelligence we have in NIGERIA judging from the various views expressed over this 'my names are or my name is' issue.i wonder why we are presently unemployed!i absolutely concur with the fellow who said one should just answer the question instead of complicating things by trying to show one's prowess in English language.if asked 'what IS your name?',it would be wise to answer my name IS so and so and vise-versa for 'what ARE your names?.This way,even if you are challenged over your answer,you would also be able to challenge the interviewer over his/her question.Have a nice day everyone.

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I have been following this thread and you will appreciate it if you have found yourself during an interview confused on which is most appropriate. I commend the courage of those that aired their views which is healthy for learning but in sensitive cases like this were not opinions but the fact is only tenable, i hope we would all b restrained in our assertions when we are not very sure not to b misleading. keep-up the good work

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Miss parker, i feel that the fact that you are at least able to use the computer you must be a bit learned; how can you possibly say that the American aspect of "my names are" is "my name is" have you ever heard a Properly educated British, who by the way are the "originators of the language ever say my names are ? I'll tell you why, because a name though has more than one word making it up is regarded and always treated as a unit, the moment you pluralize it you have broken up the unit and have simply stated that you have more than one personality, and if that is the case then the person has got a psychological problem.All i am telling you is that the correct statement is "my name is" i don't want you to not get a job simply because you used "my names are " instead of "my name is" i am sure you English teacher must be really disappointed in you. Have a good d

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Goodday house i am miss parker i really must confess that i love this topic and God bless the initiator of this topic well my own contribution is this from what i was taught while attending jamb class then my english teacher will tell you this we speak the british english atimes you make a statement and you will be wondering if it is correct but in the british vocabulary it is correct check out statements like 'jokes apart' there is nothing like that you can only say 'joking apart' though it sounds absurd but it is correct dont let us beat about the bush this is a topic for graduates og english let them tell us if they are sure of themselves which among the 2 statement is correct.my names are i believe strongly that is the correct statement i dont no about you maybe the american aspect of it is my name is .even the interviewer do you think most of them are fluent with their english it is only God that can help jobseekers like us who will read to pass their interview.

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am a linguist.am not trying to pose here.but it sounds absurd saying my names are?? have used it before and i saw the expression on my interviewer. "my name is" sounds a lot better than my names are.has anyone ever asked you "what are your names".

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Budx,

In matters like this, i dont think we should be sarcastic. A lot of people will learn from this. so its not just for argument sake that we are here. The correct thing to say is MY Name is, There is no situation that "My names are " is allowed. Pls do well to ask from an authority in this subject matter and stop clowning urself

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typo: a form that SAYS, ANOTHER. cheers

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This is really sad. "My names are" is only correct if you are known by more than one name. For example, Obanikoro in one place and Onikoro in another place. Your name is an identity and unless you have more than one identity it will be "my name is". So please do ur reasearch, if it sounds right, it does mean it is.

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i aggree with you Lovelyn690. what is your name? my name is, why all the grammar of my names are.you can use my names are when you have more than two names for example my names are steph-nora uju etc.uju is your local name, stephnora is your english name.

i think that "my name is" is better said.

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kOFI,

YOu are absolutely brilliant. Absolutely correct all the way. And yeah Budx is really funny.

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Dear Nairalanders,

I think I should come in here. It is very very wrong to say My Names are. for those who dont know, I advice you, as a Professional in that area. I have watched with great shock as people say my names are. Even the so-called white people are not free from this blame. I think a word is enof for the wise.

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Some issues are not worth much stress.

Look at it this way, Can u bear more than one name?? No. Your name is e.g. Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo.

That means, YOu cant be Atiku Aminu Abubakar unless you av an alter ego or suffer from multiple-personality disorder.

Please do ur research wisely and know that the correct statement is "My name is, "

People have lost jobs cos of such mistakes.

All the best

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Be on the safe side just say " I am so so and so" if you're not sure of this english. i've thought over it over and over again too as a grammarian but i just saying, I AM,

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Both could be correct depending on the names supplied:

If you include other names apart from your first name and surname only then "my names are" is correst. E.g My names are Stephen(Firstname) John Bulus Orga(surname). On the other hand, "my name is" is correct.

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I wish to disagree with those that claim that " my names are" is correct and that it is what is obtainable in the British standards.

" My name is" is definately right.You can only say "my names are" in a situation where you have other names apart from your real name,like aliases.pet names,stage names or otherwise.

so,it is absolutely wrong for anyone to introduce themsleve in "my names are" manner. Take it from me,

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paulomivi, can you actually substantiate that claim? if you were asked " What IS the name of Nigeria's President?" what would you reply? Obasanjo or Olusegun Obasanjo?

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my guy,it is ungrammatical to say "My name is Micheal okpara Stephen",it is either my name is Micheal or My names are Micheal Okpara Stephen. This is based on British standard expression. stay blessed o.k.

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That is a clear case of a defective vocabulary. The correct expression is 'my name is' and not 'my names are'. You are Michael Okpara Stephen. That is your name. Be properly guided to avoid these simple grammatical blunders.

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Budx,

I get ur point. But U are still in error. My name is Kofi Uwase Annan. Even if u have 10 middle names, it is still my name is and never my names are. God, U are a clown

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The correct expression is 'my name is' regardless of the number of names you bear. Its all about the person, not persons. eg, My name is Mary okpara, our names are Musa, Bode, Michael etc. Any standard dictionary will put any doubting Thomas straight.

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