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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 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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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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Are “dude” and “man” disrespectful words?

What is the exact nuance of dude or man? I'm studying English from Japan. I want to know how people feel about dude or man. Is it just a friendly way to call close friends? Like addressing a ...
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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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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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How to greet in email

In my opinion we should always have some type of greeting in every email. Whether it be "Hello (Name)" or "Good Afternoon (Name)" or simply "Dear (Name)", it is always nice to start your email off ...
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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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Differences between “How are you?”, “How are you doing?” and “How do you do?”

What are the main differences between the three sentences written below? When should we use these greetings? How are you? How are you doing? How do you do?
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Is “Dear” appropriate for any letter or card in UK English?

I am a native English speaker from England, but I've noticed that "Dear" has died out from emails and then letters. I am trying to write a semi-formal thank-you card, but I don't know whether to put "...
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Is “thee” a more respectful way to refer to the person that the speaker is addressing?

For instance in text books -more precisely audiobooks- like Uncle Tom's Cabin, and some others that I can't recall now, I've heard the word "thee" when the speaker meant to say "you". I wonder if ...
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Postscripts – before or after the signature?

When I write an email, I sometimes want to add some postscripts, but I don't know where to put it? Shall I put it before my signature or after that? Dear Mr. Felani, Blah Blah Blah. P.S: ...
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How do we address an unmarried old woman?

Say, Jeane is a 50 year old unmarried woman. And I insist on using titles. So, while talking about her with somebody else, shall I say, "This is Mrs. Jeane's house?" In writing, of course, we can use ...
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“How are you?” as a welcome in a shop

As an Italian in Australia for a while, I noticed this very common use of "how are you" as a greeting to welcome you into a shop, and customers answer with a second "how are you". A stranger, in Italy,...
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How to address correctly: “Please someone …” or “Someone please …”?

How should one address a person or a group of people, for example, in a email conversation at the start of a sentence? Please somebody do something very simple if some simple condition. Somebody ...
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Is it awkward to say “Good morning” to roommate every day? [closed]

I know it is a bit weird to ask this question, yet in the country I am staying, China, people love to say "Good morning" to everyone every morning. I have never been to other countries except China ...
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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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What is commonly used to respond “howdy howdy” greetings?

When people greet us by 'howdy howdy', what is the best reply to it? Is it also used in British English?
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How to describe the following greeting gestures?

"Clasping hands" would fit all the 4 hand gestures but I want to differentiate between the four. I'm especially interested in how to describe the first picture. The context where I want to use this ...
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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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What's the difference between “take it easy” and “take care” when you are parting from someone?

When I'm parting from someone, I say, "See you around." Sometimes I've heard people saying "Take it easy." or "Take care". What's the implication of these phrases? I understand that when I take an ...
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May I use 'Good job, sir' to appreciate my boss' work?

Somewhat, I feel it down using this sentence to our seniors, especially our boss. Good job, sir Or...for that sake.. Well done, sir I need natives' input for this. If I'm working for you/under ...
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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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Can we use “dearest” to begin an informal letter?

"Dearest Marta, hi" Is it correct to begin an informal letter using "Dearest"?
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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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'Bye' Vs 'Good Bye'

I have read/heard at many places where Goodbye is not good. It is a final remark on that very harsh moment. Scene #1: Mike and Sarah are in good relationship. "Hey honey, see you tomorrow. Bye!" ...
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Does “see you later” imply “I will see you later this day”?

Suppose I meet somebody on Monday morning; when I am departing, I say "See you later." Does that mean I will see again that person during the day? If that is what would be understood, what should I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Glad or Nice to meet you?

Is there any difference between both expressions? Nice to meet you. and Glad to meet you. If yes, when or why use each one? Also, there are some variations as Nice to see you or Nice ...
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Proper greetings on the phone

English is my 2nd language and I need your advice on this little awkward moment I had with a lady on the phone today. She left a voice message so I was returning her call. Me: Hi. I'm ** returning ...
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How to call a man by his status?

I can say: Where are you from, Mike? but if I don't know the name, can I say Where are you from, wanderer? and should I use some articles then?
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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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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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Usage of the word 'sir'

As I guess, the word 'sir' is to call a man whose position is higher or whose age is older. For example like school principal (and I am a student of the school). And one day when I was watching a ...
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Is “My name is …” still used in introduction today?

I'm sure that most people use I'm ... when he or she introduces himself/herself. However, I also know that in old days people use My name is ... in the same situation. Is this phrase still used today? ...
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How do we respectfully address kids whose names we don't know?

When it's about adults, we have plenty of choices... Mr., Ms., Mrs., or even Sir and Madam. But then what about kids? Kids aging 7 to 12 (approx). What about in our practice, a day-to-day practice? ...
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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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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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How to use “Welcome aboard” right

Welcome aboard the xyz train. Welcome aboard on the xyz train. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? I don't really know how to use the "Welcome aboard" part right, greeting someone ...
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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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What to use to begin an email with if I don't know the name of the person reading [closed]

I want to write a letter to a company. Unfortunately I don't know the name of person who is responsible to respond to the email. In such a situation, I used to open my letter with "Dear Sir/Madam". Is ...
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Is it grammatically correct to ask “How is going everything?”

Is it grammatically correct to say: How is going everything? And does it convey same meaning as "How is going your life?"
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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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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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How to reply to “Good day, sir”?

How to reply to Good day, sir in the beginning of the conversation as a greeting?
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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 ...