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Which on is more common phrase between handshake and handclasp? I looked it up on dictionary but I couldn't understand. And what's its preposition? For example I handshake with her? Is it right?

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To shake hands is a formal business greeting.

To clasp hands implies a more intense event; a departing friend, consolation over someone's misfortune etc., or a particularly exuberant politician, greeting potential voters.

I handshake with her

doesn't really work.

I [shake]shook hands with her.

We greeted each other with a simple handshake.

The 'act' is a handshake, it describes that you are shaking hands.

Note: in modern terminology - Computers handshake, people shake hands.

The connection was set up using a handshake method.

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  • We can also say, "We shook hands," which means, "We had a handshake."
    – J.R.
    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:28
  • thanks for your answers but I have a slight problem yet! So when I see a friend and take her/him hand as a greeting, I had a handshake with him/her? Or I had a handclaps? How about when we want ro say goodbye and take our hands and say goodbye? Mar 13, 2015 at 13:27
  • You shook hands. Unless there was hugging involved, I doubt it would qualify as a clasp. Mar 13, 2015 at 13:47

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