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When someone calls you for an interview and asks "Can I speak to John/Jane Smith?" your response should be

This is him/her.
5(15.6%)
This is me.
2(6.2%)
This is he/she.
21(65.6%)
Who wants to know?
3(9.4%)


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Technically, grammar dictates that option #3 should be used. Him/her are both objective pronouns meaning they must be the object of something - a preposition, direct objet, etc. - and he/she are both nominative case, meaning they should be used in the case where you're referring to a subject. Since "is" is a linking verb, "he/she" is a predicate nominative and so the nominative case must be used.

I'm sure you knew that already, but I just like to babble about grammar. Hi.


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I'd say either "This is Jane" or "Speaking".


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Also, "Speaking."


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"Speaking."


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When I was much younger, I would always hear my mom answer the phone, say "hello", pause, and then say "speaking". I could not fathom what question she was asked on the other end to prompt that response, and I spent a lot of time thinking about it. Eventually I decided that it must be some sort of question like "what is your official mode of communication" or something else adult that I would understand later. (Not that I expected the other possible responses to be "writing" or whatever...perhaps "talking", which would mean something completely different than "speaking".)

To answer the original question....I have no idea. I always stumble and get flummoxed when I get that question.


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Technically, it should be option 3. But I always just respond with 'speaking' or 'speaking, how can I help' or words to that effect.


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"Who is calling, please?" followed by, "This is Joan."


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If they ask for John/Jane Smith? "wrong number." :p

I reply with "speaking."


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I usually say "This is Janine."


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I think I would say "I am her", which probably either entirely incorrect or completely outdated.


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I like to confuse people by responding "Yes." But then I usually follow with "that's me" or "you are".


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This is how I tend to respond! :)


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+1


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You left out Tickehbox #5: "I'm sure you can, but you may not.


hare power old skool

Depends on what Mood I'm in. If my spidey sense thinks "telemarketer", it's #4, grammar be hanged. If I'm "nice" 3 would prevail.


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