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Which should I say to customer, ''Can I have your name, please?'' or ''May I have your name, please?''

What's the difference between them?
My colleague who are a native English speaker said that ''Can I'' means stronger than ''May I'', so it sounds like ''I want to do something by using your name'' when you say ''Can I have your name, please?''
You can use Can I, but we don't use so much when you talk to customers.

I asked some native speakers this question, but they said, ''Can I doesn't mean like that. May I is just more polite than Can I.''

Is this true?


I'm not sure which is correct

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Which should I say to customer, ''Can I have your name, please?'' or ''May I have your name, please?''

What's the difference between them?
My colleague who are a native English  speaker said that ''Can I'' means stronger than ''May I'', so it sounds like ''I want to do something by using your name'' when you say ''Can I have your name, please?''
You can use Can I, but we don't use so much when you talk to customers.

I asked some native speakers this question, but they said, ''Can I doesn't mean like that. May I is just more polite than Can I.''

Is this true?


I'm not sure which is correct
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