Could I tell him who's calling?

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Can I tell (one) who's calling?

A question asked by one answering the phone in order to learn who is calling for the person requested. A: "Can I speak to Josh?" B: "Can I tell him who's calling?"
See also: can, tell

Could I tell him who's calling?

 and Can I tell her who's calling?; May I tell him who's calling?
a question asked by people who answer the telephone to find out politely who is asking for someone. (Him or her can be replaced by a person's name or by a plural pronoun.) Mary (on the phone): Hello. Could I speak to Bill Franklin? Sally: Could I tell him who's calling? Mary: It's Mary Peters. Sally: Oh yes, he's expecting your call. I'll get him for you.
See also: could, tell