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on the phone
*hello . May I speak to Alice ?
+ Speaking. What's up ?
Are there any mistakes ?
May 4, 2020 10:55 AM
Comments · 8
The only mistake is the mixture of formal and informal register.

The request 'May I speak to Alice?' and the response 'Speaking' are formal English, while the greeting 'What's up?' is very informal. You would never use these phrases in the same context.

Here's an example of a formal phone conversation, for example, in a business context:

Hello. May I speak to Alice?
Speaking. Who's calling, please?
This is Dan Wilson from CLA Plastics.
Hello, Dan. How can I help you?

And here's an example of an informal conversation between friends:

Hi. Is Alice there?
This is Alice! Who's that?
It's Dan.
Hey, Dan. What's up?

I hope that helps.

May 4, 2020
What do you mean?
May 4, 2020


  1. You asked me a question
  2. I answered the question.
  3. You told me I was wrong

Why on earth did you ask me this question, if you thought that you already knew the answer?

You might want to look here:
https://painintheenglish.com/case/811
The first paragraph explains why "This is she" is wrong.
And yes, it is an American site.
May 4, 2020
May I say "This is she"?

No, I wouldn't say that. It doesn't sound natural at all.

There are some people who make responses of this type, especially when they are trying too hard to sound formal and correct. I would not recommend copying them.
May 4, 2020
Please, stop making a big deal about nothing
May 4, 2020
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Language Skills
Arabic (Maghrebi), English
Learning Language
English