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    What is your father's name?

    How do I say this? "What is your father's name?"
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    как ваше отчество?
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    Как зовут вашего отца?


    Depends on context, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    Как зовут вашего отца?


    Depends on context, right?
    Yes. I'd say "Как зовут вашего отца?" too..
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: What is your father's name?

    Quote Originally Posted by Platinum
    How do I say this? "What is your father's name?"
    DDT прав - зависит от контекста. Контекстов я вижу два:
    1. Если тебе действительно хочется узнать имя отца. В таком случае:
    a) "Как зовут вашего отца?" / "Имя отца?" (более официально).
    b) "Как у тебя отца зовут?" (разговорный стиль).

    2. Если ты хочешь узнать отчество человека. "Как ваше отчество?" - это более официальный и деловой стиль. Так могут спросить при приеме на работу. В повседневном общении между приблизительно равными по возрасту людьми обычно употребляются такие варианты:
    a) А по отчеству как?
    b) Как тебя по отчеству?
    с) А по батюшке? Как тебя по батюшке?
    d) У тебя отчетство какое?
    и т.д.

    Например:
    - Тимур, я забыл... Как тебя по отчеству?
    - Тимур Аркадьевич.
    - А, ну конечно же!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rtyom
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    Re: What is your father's name?

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    "Как зовут вашего отца?"
    This is the one I think I was trying to get. To clarify my question, I was trying to ask my friend the first name of his father. I knew his father many years ago but I had forgotten his name. So it was a very informal question.

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    Твоего папашку-то как зовут?

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    Re: What is your father's name?

    Quote Originally Posted by Platinum
    To clarify my question, I was trying to ask my friend the first name of his father.
    "Как зовут твоего отца?", though perfectly normal and usual, is, in a sense, ambiguous. You will get either the first name or "имя-отчество". The latter is more likely in this case.
    "Как имя твоего отца?" will almost certainly get you the first name.

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