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How would you translate

Please call me Bill.

Would it be

Bitte nennen Sie mich Bill.

or

Bitte heißen Sie mich Bill.

or some other verbs?

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It would be:

Bitte nennen Sie mich Bill.

as heißen is not used in this context. If you want to use something more unformal you coud use:

Bitte nenne mich Bill

or even more unformal (f.e. to a friend)

Nenn mich einfach Bill (Just call me Bill)

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"heißen" today is used only in the following verb construction: "heißen" + name: Wie heißt du?

Ich heiße Hans.

"Er hieß ihn einen Lügner",

something like that you will only find in older literature.

In the above situation I would say, if you use "du":

Bitte, nenn mich Bill. / Bitte, sag doch einfach Bill (zu mir). Du kannst mich Bill nennen. Bill reicht.

Wenn you say "Sie":

Ach bitte, nennen Sie mich doch einfach Bill. Sie können Bill zu mir sagen.

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