Tuesday, 25 March 2014

In Whose Name, Please?


Imagine you are talking to a hotel receptionist on the phone. After exchanging the customary pleasantries, you say that you have a reservation. The receptionist wants to know in whose name the reservation was made. He/ she says to you something like: "in whose name, please?"

In Spanish, the other person would more likely say:
¿A nombre de quién?

The question is an invitation for you to state the name of the person in whose name the reservation was made. Whether the reservation is in your name or in someone else's name, the simple answer would be a person' name. However, you could easily be more informative with very little additional effort.

Assuming the reservation was made in the name of María Botero, you could reply:
  • A nombre de María Botero (in Maria Botero's name);
  • A nombre de doña Maria Botero (in Mrs. Maria Botero's name);
  • A nombre de la señora Botero (in Mrs. Botero's name);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿A nombre de quién?

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