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An English class just started, classmates say something like this

How are you? I'm good. How about you?

The sentences are called greetings.

Suppose the class is closed/finished in a few minutes, classmates say something like these

"Bye, see ya tomorrow."

"We had fun today. See you next week!"

I guess the sentences above are neither farewell nor greetings, which word/phrase could be used to refer to them?

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    Why aren't Bye, see ya tomorrow and See you next week! farewells? Jul 10, 2020 at 15:33
  • @pipinstallfrisbee It seems that "farewell" usually is used in an email by an employee not work for the company anymore, right?
    – PutBere
    Jul 10, 2020 at 21:41

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They are actually both farewells. “See you” in that context is shorthand for saying “I’ll next see you”. Socially, it’s courteous in that it lets them know that we’re thinking of them and looking forward to when we’ll next see them. If we’ll be continuing to see them now it doesn’t make sense to state when we’ll next be seeing them.

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  • It seems that "farewell" usually is used in an email by an employee not work for the company anymore, right?
    – PutBere
    Jul 10, 2020 at 21:41
  • @PutBere In what sense? Do you mean the actual word “farewell”?
    – Chris Mack
    Jul 11, 2020 at 9:52

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