I've been studying English for 1 year and I'm good at it. Anyway, I would like to know how to greet in some ways. I greet in 2 ways usually:

  • Hi, What's up?/How are you?/What's about you? Not bad, You/I'm not good/I 'm very good. (Informal)
  • Hello, How are you? I'm good, thanks, and you? (Formal)

Are there different ways to greet formally? I would like someone list me some ways most common to greet formally (Example: When you're speaking to your boss or teacher), thanks!

  • Welcome to ELL and thank you for your question. We hope you'll ask more questions and we look forward to helping you. Unfortunately, this question is too broad for our forum, because there are thousands of ways to greet a person. The list would be hundreds of pages in length! (Also: "I'm good, thanks" is not formal. A formal response might be: "I am quite well, thank you.") – P. E. Dant Aug 16 '16 at 20:49
  • I edited my question, I hope It's right now. @P.E.Dant Is it right now? – Mattew Aug 16 '16 at 21:00
  • The question is posed well, but it is too broad. Please visit the Help Center and read carefully the section about subjective questions. – P. E. Dant Aug 16 '16 at 21:27
  • I did it, I think It's on because "inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”", I think everyone can answer without a too long question. Anyway, thanks! I will read Help Center soon. – Mattew Aug 16 '16 at 21:34
  • In addition to hello, there are also good morning, good afternoon, or good evening (depending on the time of day). – J.R. Aug 16 '16 at 21:52

There are various ways to greet or respond back to a greeting in English language, but I'm sure you want the formal method.

Depending on your age and the environment you may find yourself, you can chose to greet anyone just by saying Hello. Hello could be the most formal method of greeting in English.

  • Hello is neutral. It is certainly not "the most formal method of greeting in English." – P. E. Dant Aug 16 '16 at 23:48

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