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A lot of Asians ask: "may I know you?" but is it proper English?
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Hi,

No, it sounds odd and the meaning is unclear.

If you think you know someone but you are not sure, say 'Do I know you?'

Clive
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In what circumstance do people say it? It sounds as if you're asking permission to introduce yourself to someone.
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yes I was online and a girl started chatting with me and this was her opening line.

still I didn't know what she meant.

I thought she meant do I know you?

a friend of mine said shy women in Asia use this sentence to introduce themselves..
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Hi,

If they mean 'Can I be your friend?', it's not a native thing to say.

But if all the people in the chatroom understand this, it's not a big problem.Emotion: smile

Clive

What I should reply

"May I know you?' is not natural English

I'd probably answer by saying 'My name is Clive'.

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anonymousA lot of Asians ask: "may I know you?" but is it proper English?

No, it's not.

Clive