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Is "thanks for stopping by" used for brief visits? And when can we use it, at the beginning or at the end of the visit?

Is it informal? If yes, what can we use instead to convey a formal impression, for both speaking and writing.

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Thanks for stopping by is very versatile. You can use it at the beginning of the visit:

Come on in, thanks for stopping by.

And at the end of the visit:

I really enjoyed our visit. Thanks for stopping by.

It's informal, in that it's usually something that's said between friends or acquaintances, but you could use it in a formal setting, too. A slightly more formal phrase might be:

Thank you for coming.

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  • Would you write on a web page "thank you for stopping by"?
    – Afaf
    Jan 12, 2023 at 9:32
  • You might, but we usually say that people visit web pages. So you would more often say "thanks for visiting." Jan 12, 2023 at 13:28
  • I would say if you were going for a "chummy" feel on the webpage you could very well say that "well thanks for stopping by and reading my story". This answer is Brit Eng. in case that makes a difference
    – WendyG
    Jan 12, 2023 at 16:57
  • No, the same is true in American English. I would agree with that. Jan 12, 2023 at 23:27

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