AEE 1383: Feeling Stuck with Your English? This Episode Has Your Name On It

Have you ever heard somebody say that something “has your name on it” in English?

Is this one of those phrases in English that feels a bit confusing to you?

If you take it literally then it probably makes no sense because you may not actually see your name on the item being discussed.

This is a phrase that is used figuratively and therefore it is meant to just show that you know this person and what they like.

We’re going to look at this phrase and others like it, how you can use them, and what this can add to your conversations and connections.

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Looking At A Fun and Useful Phrase

Today we are going to talk about a completely natural phrase and fun expression that you may get the chance to use often.

The phrase is “With your name on it!”

You may have heard it, but what does this mean?

This is a fun, colorful way to say something is meant for you or that it’s set aside for you specifically.

This item is for you and you will get to have it.

This may be used more casually or it may even be used in a professional or sales setting.

This is basically saying that something is so perfect for you that you should absolutely have it.

Now does this mean that something literally has your name on it?

No, of course not!

Sure it’s possible that something has your name on it, but this expression is about a name figuratively being on something.

It may be used often for children, though it can be used for adults too.

It’s a fun expression because it shows some personality, and it will definitely impress people .

You might hear it often used for toys or food or items like that.

You will see just how easily it fits into conversation and works to show that you know this other person well.

Examples To Help

Let’s look at some examples of how this may work in conversation.

These are all examples of how this may work and how you can use such a phrase to let somebody know that something is just for them.

In this example, Michelle is a bakery worker or waitress in a bakery.

Lindsay: “Can I get a piece of cake?”

Michelle: “Oh no, we’re out, sorry. But I’ve got a chocolate chip cookie with your name on it!” 

In this example the grammar is slightly different, but it’s a simple exchange about dinner.

Lindsay: “Dinner is going to be so great! We are having mashed potatoes, chicken, and I made a bowl of tomato soup that’s got your name on it.”

In this example, Lindsay is looking for a new car at the dealership that Michelle works at.

Michelle: “Lindsay- I know you need a new car. I have a beautiful Ford that just came in with your name on it.”

You can use it about yourself sometimes, such as in this example.

Lindsay: “Oh save me that slice of pizza. It has my name on it.”

As you can see in these examples, this phrase helps so much with connection because it shows you care about the person’s taste.

This phrase shows that you know the person well or what they like or are looking for–and that goes a long way with people!

Other Ways To Say This

There are multiple ways to say this sort of thing in conversation.

You want to be sure that you know several of these options so that you can choose from them to use the right one at the right moment.

Here are a couple of other ways to say this same sort of thing so that you can add them to your list.

  • Perfect for you: This shows that you really know this person well. You are indicating that something is a great fit for them. You could say something like “You should totally take this dress. It’s perfect for you.” 
  • Just for you: This is much along the same lines and indicates that you have a close relationship with the person you are talking to. You would say “I have a new game set that’s just for you.”
  • Reserved for you: This one is a bit more formal and may be said in a professional or even sales setting. A good example of that may be “Come visit me. I have a new rug that’s reserved for you. Just take it!”

These offer other ways of saying the same sort of thing.

You have some great options so that you can say whichever one seems to fit the situation at the time.

These are all great ways to tell somebody that something is designated just for them, and they can work really well in your conversations.

Takeaway

These are all really useful ways to say you are holding something for someone.

They are a great way to say that something that you have or know about is special or just for them.

It is a way to make someone feel special and let them know that you think of them.

This speaks to possession in a way, but it’s also about something special or important.

Try saying one of these in conversation and see how they can be a great way of connecting and communicating.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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