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What does "We stand grateful" mean?

I am writing a thank-you letter to donors. I noticed that previous letters used "We stand grateful" as the ending. I was wondering if this expression is ok and if there is a better ...
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What's an idiomatic way to end an invitation in English?

In my native language, the most natural way to end an invitation of any kind (to a party, to first day of school, to a meeting, to a knitting course – whatever) is to write "Varmt välkommen!"...
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How should students greet a group of important people? Is "Good morning sirs and madams" correct?

A group of vips will be visiting my school. If they pop into the class, how do the students greet them? Is "Good morning sirs and madams" correct? Thanks!
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can I say "I hope you find this email well" as a greeting?

I heard that we can use "Hope this email finds you well."... But, can I say "I hope you find this email well" as a greeting? I know it has a different meaning, but still, can I say ...
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What is the correct way of asking your professor if we are still having a meeting?

We had meetings every week on the same day before fall break. I am not sure if it's the same thing after the break as well. Is this the right way to ask the professor if we are still having a meeting? ...
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Translation for "Wir freuen uns auf Sie!" - Is "We are looking forward to you" formal and friendly enough? [closed]

I need to write an email which my company sends out automatically. The goal is to remind users to log in to our online platform. The tone should be formal but also friendly. In German the equivalent ...
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Appropriate Time of Greeting 'Good Evening'

I know when the evening is and when they say it usually. But in the movie the Awakening (2011) the teacher and classroom students say each other 'good evening' typically in the bright afternoon ...
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Email greetings: hi <name> vs dear <name> vs hi dear <name>

I am not sure what is the right way to be a bit informal in an email. When students call a professor or a staff by the first name, I believe greetings in an email can be a bit casual. I believe the ...
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What do you think of the sentence "Hey there, early bird!"?

English is my second language and the phrase hey there, early bird! doesn't feel alright (I think that it is wrong). The text below is just for context. Hey there, early bird! examplewebsite.com is ...
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Is it proper to say “welcome back” to my colleague

I want to say "Welcome back" to my team mate who is at the same level in the organisation, when he came back to work after the new year holiday. But it sounds like a message sent from a boss ...
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How to politely respond when someone calls your name?

I found the following example in Genesis 22:1: Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. Is "here I am" considered as a polite response when ...
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"nice meeting you" Or "nice to meet you"

Here is a situation: After I meet others for the first time and have a talk, is it correct to say "nice to meet you" or “nice meeting you”?
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May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery

Is there anything wrong with the following sentence? Is the metaphor "envelop you" used correctly? May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery. I'd appreciate your help.
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Is there anything like I shouldn't say "Good afternoon" in corporate world but instead should use Good Morning and Good Evening only

I was told that the greetings "Good Afternoon" and "Good Night" should not be used while first looking at someone for the day, in a corporate world. Is that true?
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When calling a company in the united states, how do you start a conversation?

How do you initiate the conversation? Should you use the phrase "How are you?" after or before introducing yourself? I assume it is after you introduce yourself? "Hi, this is ... calling, how are you?...
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medium-soft flattery that can be said to women without coming out too strong :))

Today I have a somewhat funny but serious question: What medium soft flattery can you say to women without it being interpreted as "sexual harassment" or coming out too strong. e.g. can you say ...
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Will you greet your close friend 'Hi there'?

I thought 'Hi there' was only used to greet people who you didn't know their names, such as you write a complaint letter to customer service. So I feel a little bit awkward when I received messages ...
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Why do people call you a nickname when you introduce yourself with a proper name

As a rule, I always introduce myself using my proper first name, "Thomas". With this I expect people to refer to me and call me by that name. However, there are a significant number of people who go ...
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How to address multiple peoples in email?

Which is the correct way to address multiple recipients in email? I am not the manager of recipents but the receipents are combination of either both being managers (not necessarily my manager of my ...
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Do you say "Namaste, you", "Namaste, Grandpa", "Namaste, Daddy", "Namaste, Sirs", "Namaste, Boss" or "Namaste, + [proper name]"?

Namaste (exclamation) (Indian English) ​a polite greeting said when giving a namaskar (= with the hands placed together as in prayer and the head bent forwards) ​(also namaskar) [...
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How to respond to "Good Morning" from a colleague who's in place with 10 hr time difference? [duplicate]

So, a colleague of mine, who's in a place with 10 hr time difference than mine, called me up during my morning (9am), his late night (11pm), and said "Good Morning". As this happened for the first ...
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How to respond to "talk to you tomorrow"

I wonder how to respond to the sentence "talk to you tomorrow" if we are communicating via text message. Is it ok to respond with "See you tomorrow"?
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Answering with "Doing alright" to "How are you"

"Doing alright" sounds like a good answer to "How are you doing?". Is it an acceptable answer to "How are you?" too?
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"glad to write to you again" vs "pleased to contact you again"

I would like to write an email to one of my friend, who I did not contact for a long time. So, is it OK in English to say: I am glad to write to you again. or I am pleased to write to you ...
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Greeting with "Ho"

The other day, in a chat room, I was greeted with: Hi! I'm a nice person so I greeted back with: Ho! But then I got a reply: No! I'm not a Ho! I thought Ho is an interjection similar to ...
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Why do many native speakers say "It is not polite to say 'Thank you in advance'"?

Let say, in a letter, we want someone do something for us in the future. We know that now that action hasn't happened yet. At the end of the letter, we say "Thank you in advance!". Why do many ...
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Is there a polite and natural way to welcome the stranger you've already met today?

Is there a polite and natural way to welcome the stranger you've already met today? A usual greeting seems inappropriate since you've already seen the person. Even if it was a brief encounter (in a ...
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Period after Hi (Hi.)

We usually write: Hi, John. But if I'd like to write simply Hi followed by a Period, ie, Hi. How are you? Is it correct? Thank you.
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Cheers, Best, Yours

I've recently got some e-mails from a person who was offering me a job opportunity. They used to end the message using simply "Best" followed by their name. Is this an appropriate greeting in this ...
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Punctuation rules in a business letter addressed to several recipients

I usually use: Diana, Thank you for.. Dan, I considered your.. I've seen in my incoming letters: Diana - thank you.. Dan - I considered your.. So the questions is: What is ...
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Can "Madame" be used instead of "Madam"?

In President Trump's letter to Speaker Pelosi, he addressed Pelosi as "Madame Speaker". The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear ...
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Reply to Merry Christmas wishes

I have received an email with wishes for Merry Christmas and other information from my employer. I want to know if it is correct to respond in this way: Thank you for the information, Merry ...
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Am I glad to see you!

Am I glad to see you! It's my first time I've met this expression, but I don't completely understand why "Am" is placed before "I" and thought it would have derived from its interrogative form ...
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difference between fine and very well?

I learnt that one of this is officially accepted, is there any difference between I am fine, thank you, and I am very well, thank you ?. I was preparing for an interview, and a friend of mine ...
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Asking whether someone has eaten, as a greeting

In our culture we generally ask people to know that whether they have eaten or not. There is no intention to offer food to them it's just as casual as saying hello to begin the conversation. Example ...
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I don't know how to say that as a native?

My professor, who I had work with him before, put a photo with beautiful smile on Whats-App status, I want to say to him that always be happy and I wish that you always be glad and smiley or something ...
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Saying "very much" right after "Nice to meet you, too"

Can I say "very much" right after "Nice to meet you, too."? The other day I was introduced to one native English speaker and said that - just to emphasize how glad I was, but he looked a bit puzzled ...
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How to answer "What's up?" [duplicate]

It is often the case that other people greet me with "What's up?" and I don't know how to answer, so I usually say "hello" or "hi". It's embarrassing... As a person whose first language is not ...
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"Greetings" as a greeting

In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting. What's the ...
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Does the phrase "good day" (greeting) is a natural for native English speakers?

When greeting people every day it is used to say "good morning" or "good evening" etc. Among the greetings there is another one "good day" (as a greeting!). When I've heard the phrase "good day" ...
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We wanted to “personally” let you know - is it correct?

Got a bit of an argument about this sentence here (this is the beginning of the email). "We wanted to personally let you know that..." Is it OK to use "personally" here? It seems grammatically ...
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"Hi beautiful!" and "Hi beauty!"

In the movie "The Dark Knight" (2008) by Christopher Nolan, the character Joker, at a certain point, interrupts a party where there's Rachel Dawes (former girlfriend of Bruce Wayne). When he meets her ...
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how to give regards to someone

I have been told by a (male) person A to give his regards to a (male) person B. I don't know them too well, but I have met them both semi-privately (person A is a coworker of a friend of mine and we ...
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Is it acceptable to respond to "What's going on?" with "What's going on?"

I am aware that common answers to "What's going on?" are phrases like: "Not much. How about you?" or "Nothing much, you?", but sometimes people use it in a manner like "hi" and you know ...
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Is it okay to start a letter with "Dear <name>" followed by "Hi, <name>"?

I'd like to know whether it is okay to start a letter like this: Dear Bob, Hi, Bob... I've been doing this but not sure it is totally acceptable. Isn't "Hi, Bob" somewhat redundant as there ...
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is this something we can write or just say

Is the sentence below run on or is it something we say to each other Isn't "Have a great morning/night" a run-on sentence? or can I say "you have a great morning/night"? Or is that just a sentence we ...
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How to say hello via Skype? [closed]

Sometimes I need to ask for helps from other colleagues that I never know before, so I usually say hello and introduce myself, and then can I say "Nice to meet you on Skype"? Appreciate your answers.
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Introducing myself on text message

I would like to ask which one of the following introductory is more appropriate for a formal and polite registry when I text to someone who knows me for the first time after I got her number or when I ...
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Is it okay to use "very Good morning" instead of 'Good morning'

while on cold call, is it okay to wish "a very good morning" instead of 'good morning', followed by your name and introduction? Or is it that we may wish "a very Good morning" to only those who are ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "Your XYZ Team" in English?

Like at the end of an email... Or is it not really used? Dear XYZ Customers, Thanks for everything. Cheers, Your XYZ Team
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