A greeting is a polite phrase of welcome or recognition given by someone upon meeting another, or when beginning a letter to another.

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“How do you do”--what does it mean and when did most of society opt to no longer say it?

What exactly does how do you do mean? I'm ashamed to admit I say it and I don't quite know what it means. I'm also very curious to know, and I suppose this is a question of opinion, when did folks ...
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First name or last name with “Sir”

If my teacher's first name is Robert and his last name is Dowry, and I have to send him an email, then which of the following will be correct? Dear Sir Dowry, Dear Sir Robert, Dear Sir ...
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“Dear Sir” or “Dear John” if you are addressing the VP of a company

How to address the VP of a company or department? I have been told that addressing by name was not polite. Any clues?
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“I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc

The greeting How are you? is asking How are you doing in general? — How are you? I'm well. [Misunderstood the question.] because well as an adjective which means: in good health ...
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English greeting with religious connotation

Since the English language has a number of idioms and phrases that involve references to religious figures (e.g., godspeed), I was wondering if there an English equivalent of the German greeting ...
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Is this a sarcastic answer to “good to see you”?

In the movie Fallen, Denzel Washington's character, Det. Hobbes, is visiting a death-row inmate previously arrested by him. The inmate, Edgar Reese (played by Elias Koteas), greets him by saying "It's ...
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What do you mean when you ask “How are you?”

I have been asked one simple question many times by Americans: "How are you?". I know this does not mean that the person I am talking to wants to know how I feel, but sometimes I see that they repeat ...
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“What do you be?”

A guy in this video comes up with a very unusual greeting: Hello, top of the morning to ya! What do you say? What do you be? I know that the first sentence is an old Irish idiom. But what is the ...
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The use of “hey” in North America

Having had my formative years in New Zealand, I was born in South Africa. I vaguely recall when I was VERY young having someone tell me when I said "hey" that "hay is what horses eat". I got that ...
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Is there such a construction as “to send hello” or “to send hi”? [duplicate]

Is there such a construction as "to send hello" or "to send hi"? Or something close? Or which is better?
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Is there an appropriate parting phrase to someone leaving on bad trip? [closed]

If someone you know is leaving for a vacation it's appropriate to say something like "have a good trip" A colleague was going on a trip to visit his terminally ill mother. On his last day in the ...
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“And you?” or “And yourself?” as response to “How are you?”

If someone asks "How are you?", which of the following is grammatically correct? "I am well, thank you. And you?" or "I am well thank you. And yourself?" 'Yourself' sounds more formal, and is used ...
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“Hope this email finds you” or “Hope this email find you” [closed]

Which one is correct? Hope this email finds you well With an s after find, or Hope this email find you well
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Formal way to wish good morning

I am not a native English speaker, the source of my learning is books, websites and of course movies and music. In the movie — if I remember the name correctly — The Last Samurai, I heard that they ...
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Salutation in a questionnaire cover letter [duplicate]

I am currently carrying out a survey for my PhD project that involves a sample of companies, and I would like to gather some information from the companies by sending them a questionnaire. I have ...
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Can “Sure” be used to respond to “Thanks”?

I often hear "Sure" in response when I say "Thank you" or "Thanks" to someone. I don't know — is this correct usage? If it is considered good, I'll use it someday.
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Using 'Good Morning' in e-mails, fora, etc [duplicate]

Good Morning English experts! I'm confused about using the salutations such as above. I know 'Good Morning' should be used before noon, and then 'Good Afternoon', and 'Good Day' is considered ...
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Do you really answer “How do you do?” with “How do you do?”

We're told in our English classes (learning English as a foreign language) that the only possible answer to How do you do? is to repeat the question: How do you do? (While it's ...
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Does the “elbow-handshake” have any relation to the phrase “rubbing elbows”?

This is probably answerable with a general reference (or a pair of such references), but I have not been able to find one. Etymology Online does not cover the origin of "rubbing-elbows" as meaning ...
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Meaning/origin of “You bet” as a response to “Thank you”

In a radio show (such as APM Marketplace), when a host interviews a guest, the conversation ends with the host saying "Thank you" and the guest saying something similar in response. Usually it is ...
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Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)?

Should I open the starting sentence after comma in adressing "Hi," ("Hello,") with capital letter? Hi, Xxxl, Dear Xxx L, let me ... vs. Dear Xxx L, Let me ... In Russian it ...
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Precise names for parts of a day

I have learnt these words so far, please correct me if I'm wrong: Dawn, maybe 4am–6am? Morning, maybe 6am–9am? The food for the morning is called breakfast. People greet each other Good morning! ...
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Word order in salutations

Can we use a reverse order in salutations? For example, Tom, hello/hi instead of Hello/hi, Tom
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“Good night” or “good evening”?

If it's 7:30pm, which of these phrases is correct, Good night or Good evening?
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How do I greet someone in a different timezone when my morning is his evening? [duplicate]

I am in Nepal and my father is in America. When we talk with him it is our morning and his evening. Now how can I greet him and how can he greet me saying, where one would typically say 'good morning' ...
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Is it appropriate to use the salutation “Dear All” in a work email?

I have observed that in my work place, whenever a mail is sent to more that one person( like an information, meeting request or a notice etc.), the mail starts with the salutation "Dear All". This, ...
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Should a note be addressed with “Hi all” or “Hi All”?

It is common to begin an email with the greeting "hi all" when the note is addressed to multiple recipients. What, however, is the correct capitalization of "all" in this context? Does it become a ...
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Greetings in the beginning of an email

In my language, when I write an email to my professor, boss, etc, there is a greeting part in the first part of email right after "Dear prof. ..."(in my language of course), e.g. "How are you", "I ...
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Use of word “Greetings” instead of morning and evening

I have a query regarding the use of word only "Greetings" instead of good morning or good evening in the email. As we will be working in different time zones and we will not be sure when the ...
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'What ho!' of Bertie Wooster

"What ho!" - this strange form of greeting is used all the time by Bertie Wooster, a character of well-known "Jeeves and Wooster" stories by P. G. Wodehouse. Bertie Wooster: Oh, what ho, Sir ...
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Good morning vs. Good night [duplicate]

I find that good morning is used both at the beginning of conversations (as in, "Good morning! How are you today?") and as a means of saying farewell. The same is true for good evening. In contrast, ...
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Is a salutation necessary in an email to an unknown person?

I am submitting an unsolicited article to a magazine by email. The publication's website provides an email address but not a name. Rather than starting the email "To Whom it May Concern", "Dear Sir ...
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Ways to greet a third person in a conversation? [closed]

For example a situation where you are on the phone with a friend and he is with a person that you know. You would ask him to say hi for you. The french equivalent would be "Passer le bonjour" I am ...
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Common ending lines for formal emails? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some expressions that can be used to end an email? I know a few, Best regards Best Sincerely Eagerly Think of it as an email for first impression ...
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What is the correct way to greet a specific person when only their business title is known?

I need to write a letter to a specific person, who I only know by title. I do not know their name or gender. I can think of a couple ways to greet this individual in a letter, however I can not ...
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another greeting aside from “i hope you are well” in an email? [closed]

I'm stack with "i hope you are well" every time i compose an email. is there other greetings aside from "i hope you are well" in an email. During i composed an email, i keep on thinking what other ...
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How do you respond back to “Hi, How is it going?”

I have observed that people from America, greet by asking, "Hi, how is it going?". I usually say, "It is going good" and return a smile. Sometimes, I have observed people saying "Thank you" and ...
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Is this how to reply to “how is it going?”?

Someone asked me "how is it going?" I reply to her: "It's been going pretty good. Thanks for asking! How about you?" Is there any grammar mistake in it or this sentence is alright?
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Can I address someone in an email with their first name if they sign with their first name?

I'm planning to do an internship and I usually address my supervisor as Mr. X, however, he signs his emails with his first name is that means I can address him with his first name ? Note: I haven't ...
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Start a letter/email with a minuscule or a majuscule

So in German when you write a letter, you start the body with a minuscule letter because the salutation is seen as an interjection, I presume: Dear Max, We just saw [yada, yada, letter] ...
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Reply to “I hope you are well”? [closed]

What is the most appropriate response to "I hope you are well"? What are your reasons for choosing one reply above another? Replies I've thought of: I am very well, thanks. How are you? I am very ...
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How should I greet a close friend from the United States?

I (male) have a very good (female) friend over in the south-western United States that I met one year ago and we're exchanging mails or messages from time to time. We're both not older than 22 and I ...
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Is the response “I am fine, thank you. And you?” outdated?

This is what I learned from the middle school English class 10 years ago as the correct way to respond to "How are you?". The textbook was co-published by Longman, I suppose it was British English. ...
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Can I say “Nice!” to a “How are you?” greeting?

Some friend told me that "Nice!" can't be used as a reply to "How are you?", instead, she suggested "Good!". Is it really so strict on the word choice in questions like "How are you?"
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What was “well met!” supposed to mean?

I know it was a sort of archaic greeting, but I don't know how to interpret the actual words. I had a foggy idea that it meant "It is good that we met here and now", but even then, "well met" is not ...
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What are the connotations of “there” in “hello/hi there”

I'm an ESL speaker and I'm not completely familiar with the underlying meaning conveyed when adding there to a greeting such as Hello there compared to just Hello (punctuation omitted for ...
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How to Make Up Comebacks when Somebody Calls You?

I heard when I called somebody they answered "You" or "Yo" . . Which one is correct? and what does it mean?
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Addressing religious authorities

I want to write letters with the same content but addressed to religious authorities of different religions and levels, from the local Christian priest to the Dalai Lama. Is there a greeting I can use ...
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Proper Greeting for a Group of People [duplicate]

When informally addressing a group of people, is it OK to say, "Hi Guys" if one or more of them are female?
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One word for Christmas? [closed]

Is there a single word that means "Being merry at Christmas" but excludes being merry or happy at New Year?