Types of Greetings in English

Types of Greetings in English
Practical Usage of Greetings in English

How do you greet your friends and family?

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📖 Let's have a good practice with greetings.

Greetings come from the verb of (to Greet) and means when you want to say hello, hi to others.

Let's see what we can say when we meet someone new or a friend and or a close friend too.

How do you greet your friends and family?

 

📖 How do you say “Hello” in English?

  • Hello
  • Hello there
  • Hello friends
  • Hi
  • Hi there
  • Hi friends
  • Hi everyone
  • Hi everybody
  • Hi all
  • Hi guys
  • Hi mom
  • Hi mommy
  • Hi dad
  • Hi daddy
  • Hi Ma’am          ⇒ Ma’am = lady, madam
  • Hi Sir
  • Hi, nice to see you!
  • Hi, great to see you!
  • Hi, happy to see you!
  • Hi, pleased to see you!
  • Hi there, It's great to see you again.
  • howdy        
  • Hey
  • Hey man
  • Hey mom
  • Hey yourself
  • Good morning  / Good afternoon  / Good evening
  • Good to see you.
  • Glad to see you.
  •  
  • Give me five
  • Give me your five
  •  
  • Hiya!    ⇒ This greeting, short for “how are you?”, is commonly used in certain parts of England
  •                  You can just say “hey!” right back.

 

📖 How do you say “Greetings” in English?

  • How do you do? 
  • howdy                    ⇒ This is actually an informal greeting that is short for "How do you do?"
  • How are you?
  • How are you today?
  • How are you doing?
  • How ya doin’?
  •  
  • Good morning.
  • Morning.                   ⇒ It's short of Good morning.
  • Morning, Ma'am.
  • Good afternoon.
  • Good afternoon, Ma'am.
  • Good evening.
  • Good evening, Sir.
  • Morning / Evening / Afternoon
  •  
  • How are you this morning?
  • How are you this early morning?
  • How are you this bright morning?
  •  
  • How are you this afternoon?       ⇒ early afternoon
  • How are you this evening?          ⇒ early evening
  • How are you tonight?
  • How are you to day?
  •  
  • How do you feel today?
  • How do you feel now?
  •  
  • How's it going?
  • How's it been? 
  • How's everything? 
  • How's everything with you?
  • How's everything at work?
  • How's everything at school?
  • How’s your day going?
  • How’s life? 
  •  
  • How is your family?
  • How's your Mom?
  • How's your Dad?
  • How's your sister?
  • How’s your brother?
  • How's your kids?
  •  
  • {
  • How’s your brother & sister?
  • how are your brothers and sisters?
  • how are your siblings?
  • }
  •  
  • How are things?
  • How are things going?
  •  
  • How have you been?  
  • How you been?
  •  
  • What's new?
  • What's going on?
  • What's happening?
  •  
  • What's up?
  • Wu sup or Wassup or Whazzup?
  • What have you been up to?
  • What have you been up to lately?
  • What have you been doing these days?
  •  
  • Wow, it’s so good to see you again! What have you been up to?

 

📖 Greeting someone you haven’t seen for a long time.

  • I haven't seen you in years!?
  • I haven't seen you in age?
  • I haven't seen you in an age?
  • I haven't seen you in a month of Sunday?
  •  
  • It's been a while.
  • It's been ages.
  • It's been so long.
  • It’s been a long time.
  • It’s been too long.
  • It's been such a long time.
  •  
  • I haven't seen you for a long time?
  • Long time, no see!
  • Long time, no see! It's been a while? where were you?
  • Long time, no see! where have you been hiding?
  • Hi there, where have you been? it's been ages.
  • Hi there, where have you been? I haven't seen you in donkey years!

 

📖 Useful Greetings and Responses in English

      How do you response when greetings people in English?

 

  • Fine / Just fine / very well / pretty well / Terrific
  •  
  • I’m fine, thank you.
  • I’m just fine, thank you.
  • I’m very well, thank you.
  • I’m pretty well, thank you.
  • Doing good.
  • Pretty good.
  • Great.
  • OK
  •  
  • Not bad
  • Not so good
  • Not so well
  • Not great
  • So so.
  •  
  • And you?
  • How about you?
  •  
  • I feel great.
  • I feel fine.
  • I feel marvelous.
  • I’m doing very well, thank you. And you?
  • Great, thanks. How are you?
  • Not bad. You?
  • Couldn’t be better? How about you?
  • Wonderful, thank you.
  • Very busy lately

  • {   when you're sad
  • I feel blue.
  • I feel low.
  • I feel lousy.
  • I'm having one of those days.
  • I'm not feeling well.
  • Could be worse.
  • }
  •  
  • { when you're tired ⇤ 
  • I'm dead on my feet.
  • Exhausted.
  • I feel like a bus run over me.
  • I'm wiped out.
  • I'm dog tired.
  • I'm dead tired.
  • }
  •  
  • { when you're worried
  • In the jam
  • In the soup
  • between devil and deep sea
  • Anxious
  • }
  •  
  • { when you're happy
  • In the pink
  • I feel excellent
  • I feel great
  • I feel marvelous
  • All the systems go well
  • Everything in the garden is lovely
  • Over the moon
  • On the top of the world
  • I'm having the time of my life
  • In seventh heaven
  • As right as rain
  • }
  •  
  • It’s going well.
  • Everything is going well.
  • Just keeping busy how about you?
  •  
  • I’m full of beans. (Idiom)
  • As fit as fiddle.
  • I’m as fit as fiddle. (Idiom)
  • I’m fit as fiddle. (Idiom)

 

 

📖 How do you say “Good Bye” in English?

  • Good-bye
  • Good day
  • Good bye for now
  • Good bye until later
  • Good bye until next time
  •  
  • Bye
  • Bye bye
  • Ta-ta 
  • So long
  • Farewell
  •  
  • Has ta la vista      ⇒ Spanish
  • Arrivederchi         ⇒ Italian
  • Ciao                       ⇒ Italian
  •  
  • See you later.
  • See you then.
  • See you around.
  • See you next time.
  • See you next.
  • See you next year.        ⇒ joking 
  • See you soon.                ⇒ The answer can be:  Hope so.
  • See you tomorrow.       ⇒ The answer can be:  Sure thing.
  • See you on Monday.
  • See you next week.
  • See you.
  • See you again.
  • Catch you latter.
  •  
  • Take care of yourself
  • Take care
  •  
  • Take it easy.             ⇒ The answer can be:  You too, bye.
  •  
  • {
  • Have a good day!   ⇒ The answer can be:  Thanks, you too.
  • Have a nice day!
  • Have a happy day!
  • Have a nice weekend!
  • Have a good weekend!
  • }
  •  
  • It’s nice to see you.
  • It’s glad to see you.
  • It’s great to see you.
  •  
  • {
  • Nice to see you.
  • Nice to see you too.
  • Nice to meet you.
  • Nice to meet you too.
  • Glad to see you.
  • Glad to see you too.
  • Great to see you.
  • Great to see you too.
  • Happy to see you.
  • Happy to see you too.
  • }
  •  
  • Good night
  • Sleep well
  • Sweet dreams
  • Cheerio everybody!
  •  
  • {
  • See you later, alligator (slang)            ⇒ joking with someone
  • After a while, crocodile (slang)           ⇒ the answer is
  • }

 

📖   Practical words, sentences and phrases in greetings

  • Oh, fancy meeting you?!
  • What a fancy meeting you?
  •  
  • What brings you here?
  • What’s the for being here?
  • Why are you here?
  • Look who it is!
  •  
  • { ⇥  Asking a sick person
  • How do you feel today?  
  • How do you feel now?
  •  
  • I’m getting better.
  • I’m getting better now.
  • I’m getting well.
  • I'm not so well.
  • I'm not feeling too well.
  • Not very good.
  •  
  • What's the matter with you?
  • What's wrong with you?
  • What's wrong?
  • Is anything wrong with you?
  •  
  • I have a cough.
  • I've a lot of cough.
  • I've toothache.
  • I've headache.
  • I've stomachache.
  • }
  •  
  • It's a pleasure to see you.
  • It's a pleasure to meet you.
  • It's an honor to meet you.
  • It's an honor to see you.
  •  
  • Well, I'm afraid I have to go.
  • Well, I've got to get up early morning.
  • It's getting late, I really must go now.
  • It was nice to see you.
  •  
  • { Muslim's greetings
  • Peace be upon you  
  • Upon you be peace
  • }

 

📖 Tips:

How do you do?

If you are looking for a very formal phrase for someone you meet for the first time, this one will be the most suitable. While this salutation is quite uncommon today, you can still hear it from older people. Anyhow it's an old fashion.

Hello. How do you do?” is a perfect solution for a business dinner or a formal event, e.g. conference. 

The right response is “I’m well/fine/great/better than ever, etc.”.

 

Nice to meet you / Pleased to meet you

This is one of the respectful greeting examples you can use replying to someone you meet for the very first time. For example:

A: Good morning. I’m Ava Smith from [Company].

B: Nice to meet you, Mr. White.

When people meet, it is a common practice to shake hands. A handshake generally lasts for a few seconds, which gives enough time to say “Pleased to meet you”.

 

How have you been?

This is a polite way to ask “How are you?” when you have not seen a person for a long time. Ask this question only if you have met someone before.

A: How have you been?

B: I’ve been busy working a lot. How about you?

 

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