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Greeting in English – Greeting words and expressions to say Hello

How do you say Hello in English? Besides some simple greeting words such as “Hello” or “Hi”, there are many different ways to say hello to someone in English.
Here are some common greeting expressions that you can use when you meet someone.

 

General greetings (Formal)

Hello
Good morning/ Good afternoon/ Good evening
How are you?
How are you doing?
Nice to meet you
It’s nice to meet you
I’m pleased to meet you.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I’m glad to see you.
How do you do?

General greetings (Informal)

Hi
Hey
What’s up?
How’s it going?
How have you been?
What’s new?
What’s going on?
How are things?
How’s your day?
How’s your day going?
Good to see you.

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

Long time no see.
It’s been a while.
It’s been a long time.
It’s been such a long time.
It’s been too long.
I’m so happy to see you again.
Wow, it’s so good to see you again!
What have you been up to?

Useful responses when greeting people

I’m doing very well, thank you. And you?
I’m fine, thank you.
Great, thanks. How are you?
Not bad. You?
Couldn’t be better? How about you?
Wonderful, thank you.

 

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