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Questions tagged [greetings]

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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me too? or you too?

When I see someone for the first time, they usually say to me, "nice to see you!" Then, I would respond, "nice to see you too", But sometimes, I would say ,"me too" in response to the person's ...
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I hope you're feeling well [closed]

Are "I hope you're feeling well." suitable words for common greeting? I mean doesn't it sound odd if there have been no troubles with friend's health and I just want to know if everything is fine with ...
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How to greet someone when you meet them at night [duplicate]

Is there any formal salutation to greet someone when you meet them at night? A prefix such as 'Good' with morning, afternoon and evening works well but implies altogether a diferent meaning when used ...
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Good morning beautiful

For quite some time I have greeted foreign/english girlfriends with "good morning, beautiful" in the morning - I'm from Germany, so English is not my first language, hence the question: Today I ...
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In an English-speaking country, how would a household employee address their female employer? [closed]

Would it be Miss? Mistress? Madam? Or, should she be young (underage and/or unmarried): Young Miss? Young Mistress? Young Lady? Young Madam? EDIT (to clarify): How would a butler, chef, chauffeur, ...
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How to formally greet someone in an email that I am pleased to getting to know? [duplicate]

When you greet someone new for the first time, you can say: Hello John, it's nice to meet you! But what if you cannot greet somebody in person, when the first contact happens? For example, some ...
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Hi, Hello, Dear in answer to client’s Hi

We’re are a small atelier on Etsy and usually get questions from clients starting with Hi, Hi Roman (they sometimes see my name before composing a question) or Hey there. What would be the safest way ...
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Why did the use of “hello” temporarily plummet in the United States?

According to Google Books Ngram View, the appearance of the word "Hello" in its U.S. corpus dropped by more than 50% from the early 1940s to the 1960s before returning to its earlier level in the ...
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E-mail greeting: “Dear Brice,” vs “Brice,” [closed]

I am somewhat sensitive to politeness and basic rules of courtesy, so (almost) all the e-mails that I write contain greetings and salutations, such as: Dear Jane, [...] Best, ...
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What do you say to your friends when you're about to sleep in the morning? What is the morning version of 'good night'?

'Good morning' is usually a salutation while 'good night' is said while parting for the night. My question is basically "What do you say to your friends when you're about to sleep in the morning? ...
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What is an appropriate greeting for the US Memorial Day? [closed]

I find "Happy Memorial Day" an inappropriate greeting for a day of remembrance and memory. Are there any better alternatives I can use in for a formal email?
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How to formally address someone in a letter Mr/Ms (first name) (last name) or Mr/Ms (last name) [closed]

I've always been told that using first and last name is more proper but I want to confirm if this correct or if this is a more old school way of addressing someone formally. Thanks in advance.
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How do I address a sender and a person in a copy in my response email? [closed]

I received an email from a possible client which had another person in a copy. I want to answer by addressing both of them at once, so I came up with nothing smarter than: John, Jane, Thanks for ...
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Is it a normal wish? [closed]

How would someone summarize the phrase below if a departing employee receive this from boss: "Best wishes in your future pursuits"
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“Have good weekends” vs “Have a good weekend”

As a co-worker walked past me and my team mates this afternoon, he said "Bye. Have good weekends" - by which he meant that he wished each of us to have a good weekend. Was this grammatically ...
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Greetings after saying Hello in noon, afternoon and evening in formal visits

In morning we usually say Good Morning. But what about noon, afternoon and evening. In informal visits we can use 'how u doing', 'what's up', 'how are you'. But what about formal situations? What ...
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What is the correct way to write birth day greetings? [closed]

What is the correct way to write birthday greetings “Happy birth day” or we can write “Wish you a Happy Birth Anniversary” to living person?
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Greeting in the elevator; can I ask the neighbor where she was as a greeting?

Here in my country, we usually use the expression "where are you coming from?" as a greeting. (It literally means where you were before you got here). This is good manners to ask like this in our ...
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How to reply properly to 'Thank you' [closed]

Consider following situation You are a polite person and you hold a door open for someone that comes immediately after you. He/she says: "Thank You!" What is the correct expression to reply to him/...
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Will usage of “Dear” while addressing in mail, sound informal? [closed]

I see many people using "Dear" while addressing people in email. But, I feel "Dear" is more intimate word in English and should be used with only relations. How does the word "Dear" is used at all ...
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Talking over the phone for the first time [closed]

I will have an interview in English over the phone, and I am preparing for it. What I'm wondering is what will be the best way to greet the interviewer? "Hell, my name is ______. It is nice to talk to ...
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Proper way to address a very small group that includes both sexes [closed]

What is the proper way to address a light email/message to a small group of 2-or-3 people, where the group includes both sexes? I normally just use the term "guys" as in "Hey guys" or "Good morning ...
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Is there a greeting used on war memorial/returned services days such as ANZAC Day or Veteran's Day?

Today is ANZAC day in New Zealand, which commemorates those who served and died in WWI and WWII. I'm wondering if there is a common greeting people use on such days, similar to how we have 'Merry ...
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How to answer the greeting “What's the story?”

I have a lot of Irish coworkers that often greet me by saying "What's the story?" What's a good way to answer to this greeting? Also, does this ever get used in the UK, US or Australia?
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A good response to holiday greeting from professor? [closed]

I have been discussing some research topics with my professor. He emailed me ending with "Wish you a happy holiday season". What response can I give (as a student) that reflects respect and that does ...
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Origin of “How are you?”

I'm currently researching different greetings for a linguistics project and I'm having trouble finding information as to the history of the phrase, "How are you," or those of equivalent structures. I ...
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Addressing an unmarried woman, 1930s

How should a character address an unmarried woman in conversation in the 1930s: would they use Mrs., Miss, or Ms? Example: "Good evening, Ms. Smith."
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What's an appropriate response to a British person asking “You alright?”

I've heard this phrase from various British people: "You alright" (comes out as a slurred "y'rite") and I'm always a bit confused on how to respond. From context, it seems to have two meanings (...
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What is the use of word “Greetings!…” while sending an email? [closed]

I have seen many people who start writing their email like as follows.. Dear XXXX Greetings!!!. Thanks etc... I just want to know the meaning of the word greeting in this context....
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What's the formal way to say “get to know”? [closed]

For example in the sentence "Hereby I express my pleasure ... you on behalf of ABC Company."
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Is it awkward introduce yourself in an email as well as sign off with your name? [closed]

If I am writing a mail to someone for first time, does it seem better if I start like Hi, This is John and again ending like Regards, John Alternatively, is it fine to start with the ...
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Exclamation point in a greeting [closed]

What is the accepted use of exclamation point in greeting on a letter or email, "Hi! Kim," or "Hi, Kim!"
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What is the meaning of hello? [closed]

Maybe you think this is a bad question but: My native language is Persian, in Persian when we see each other we say salam that is like hello in English. The actual meaning of salam is peace and ...
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Feminine version of colloquial use 'hi man'

When a man greets another man, he often says 'hi man', 'thanks man', etc. I am wondering whether these expressions have feminine use. I never heard a woman greeting another woman with 'hi woman'. Any ...
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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

I started work as a receptionist and must greet people that come and go. Please let me know what I should say when it is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say "Bye, have a nice afternoon" or "...
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Is there a period after a greeting? [duplicate]

For example, when writing an email to an associate saying Good afternoon, Joel. Or should there be a comma instead of the period?
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Term for greetings that are also valedictions

Is there a specialized term in linguistics for those words that, in a given language, can be used to say both hello and goodbye? For instance, I've heard tell that in Hawaii the word "aloha" is used ...
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In search for universal formal greetings [closed]

I am dealing with a system which is supposed to autoreply to certain emails. It cannot start with 'Dear (forename)' as it cannot parse a forename from email address or original email. It also cannot ...
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What do you say to wish your fellows a good lunch? [duplicate]

It's lunch time, you joined a table with people, you are about to start eating, but just a moment before you do so, you want to wish everyone a good lunch. If they were French you would say: Bon ...
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How to informally address a mixed gender group of people? [duplicate]

How to informally address a mixed gender group of people in the UK? Any alternative to 'guys' in 'would you guys like to do this and that?'
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Saying Happy new year and hope all is well [closed]

I just wanted to write a letter to head of an English tests center and wanted to make sure what I have is correct, what I am writing is this: Hi Mary, happy new year and hope all is well I am Blah ...
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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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 ...