I often hear it on TV when they are talking to a guest.

Normally, if we want to greet Brian in morning, we would say "Good Morning Brian". But many times TV presenters say "Good morning to you Brian".

Why is that? Why do they add "to you". There seems to be no need to do it.


  • I've heard this while responding to Good Morning. However, there, '...to you as well' is added. – Maulik V Jan 12 '18 at 8:44

You’re right, it’s not needed – but it still adds a personal touch.

Your question reminds me of this exchange, found early in Tolkien’s book The Hobbit:

“Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.

"What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"

"All of them at once," said Bilbo.

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