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your name • short for • full name
normally • nowhere
  1. When we arrived at the game there was to park.
  2. I don't eat a big breakfast.
  3. Before we start, can I have please?
  4. Please write your on the line.
  5. What is Kiko ?
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43 English Life
Cat is from England. She talks a little about the town she is from.

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have (your) name

Can I have your name, please?

'Can I have your name?' is a polite and formal way to ask someone what his name is.  This typically used in a customer service or administrative situation. Notice the following:

  1. Thank you for calling.  Can I have your name please?
  2. I will see if he's available to speak with you.  Can I have your name please?

short for

Her nickname Cat is short for Kathryn.

If a word or name is 'short for' another word it is usually a portion of the long word.  Many people in the U.S. use shortened versions of their name.  Notice the following:

  1. His name is Bill, short for William.
  2. Is Pat short for Patricia?

full name

What's your full name?

Your 'full name' would include the long version of your first name, your middle name and your last name or names.  You use your full name for important or legal documents. Notice the following:

  1. I've never heard your full name before.
  2. My full name doesn't fit in this tiny space.

normally

We normally go to London by train.

What you 'normally' do is what is the habit or the most common action for you.  Another word for 'normally' is 'usually' Notice the following:

  1. We normally eat dinner around 7 P.M.
  2. How do you normally drive to work?

nowhere to park

You can't drive because there's nowhere to park.

When there is 'nowhere to park' it means there is not a place to put your car and leave it for a long time.  This could mean that there are zero actual parking spaces, or that it is always very crowded and no spaces are usually available. Notice the following:

  1. There is nowhere to park in front of your building.
  2. There will be nowhere to park near the fair so we will have to walk.