Questions tagged [greetings]

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Do you really answer “How do you do?” with “How do you do?”

I'm a non native speaker of English. In our learning we were told that when we say hello to someone we use equivalent phrase: How do you do? In response we do say: How do you do? But I'm ...
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What is the meaning, usage and formality of the greeting “What's up”?

"What does it really mean when one asks - what’s up?" What should be my reply? What I am busy with or upto? I am assuming its informal usage. Also I doubt if one should use it in formal meetings. ...
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What do they mean with “Hi, how are you doing”?

When I was in New York the workers at the counter (in a shop) always said Hi, how are you doing? I was, and still am very confused if they just mean "hello", or actually want to know how I feel. ...
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Addressing a group of women as “you guys”

The word "guy", in its singular form, is used to refer to a man, so it's gender specific. However, in colloquial language, you can also use the expression "you guys" to refer to a group of people. ...
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What should we greet a person at 10 o'clock in the night?

This actually had happened when I was about to relieve a medical officer from his duty at night. I was appointed for the night-shift and had to relieve my co-worker from his evening shift. Which way ...
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What does “What's up?” mean? [duplicate]

I usually hear people ask others "What's up?" when they first meet each other. But what does this sentence mean? Does it mean "How are you?" or "What are you doing?' And if asked with such phrase,...
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Responding to “It was nice to talk to you”

How can I reply to "It was nice to talk to you" properly both formally and casually? Actually, I want to make this question a bit general, but since I heard this sentence a lot I used it as an ...
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Why is there a comma before “my friends” in this sentence?

In the sentence below, why is "my friends" set off with a comma? “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.” ― Jules ...
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Why is it Merry Christmas instead of Happy Christmas?

I see that if we greet people during a day, we use 'good' such as good morning/afternoon/evening/night. And for annual occasion, we usually use 'happy' such as Happy Birthday/New Year/Mother'...
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What's the best way to end an email/letter?

We end an email with several options. I find 'Regards' the best one. I feel anything other than this reflects affection than greeting! See the example: Sincerely yours (Yes, I don't pay heed to ...
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Teacher as a way of addressing

Can we use the word teacher as a form of address to our teacher? As in "Excuse me, teacher! Can I ask a question" I've heard different forms of address like sir, or Mr. Connor, ... Doesn't calling ...
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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 ...