There are a number of greetings we use when meeting people. These greetings depend on whether we are meeting people, leaving people or meeting people for the first time.
Meeting People for the First Time
When introduced to someone for the first time, use the following greetings:
Hello, it's a pleasure to meet you. How do you do?
Fatima: Ameera, this is Fatima.
Ameera: Hello, it's a pleasure to meet you. Fatima : How do you do?
Ameera: How do you do?
Note: The reply to 'How do you do?' is 'How do you do?' This is appropriate when
you meet someone for the first time.
When meeting people during the day, use the following phrases.
Good morning / afternoon / evening!
How are you?
It's good to see you.
Hey, how's it going?
Bhuvana : Good morning Roshini.
Ilango : Good morning. How are you?
Bhuvana : What's up?
Ilango : Nothing much. You?
Formal Greetings: Arriving
* Good morning / afternoon / evening!
* Hello (name) , how are you?
* Good day Sir / Madam (very formal)
* Good morning Mr. Raju.
* Hello Ms. Sherlyn. How are you today?
Informal Greetings: Arriving
Hi / Hello! - : How are you? / How are you doing?
How are you?- : Very well, thank you. And you? (formal)
How are you doing?- : Fine / Great (informal)
What's up? (very informal) : Not much. I'm just (watching TV, cooking dinner, etc.)
Informal Greetings After a Long Time
If you haven't seen a friend or family member for a long time, use one these informal greetings to mark the occasion.
* It's great to see you!
* How have you been?
* Long time, no see.
* How are you doing these days?
Formal Greetings: Departing
Use these greetings when you say goodbye at the end of the day. These greetings are appropriate for work and other formal and informal situations.
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
It was a pleasure seeing you.
Goodnight. (Note: Use after 8 p.m.)
Nice seeing you!
Goodbye / Bye
See you later
Later (very informal)
Greetings in Informal Conversations:
Amala: Sanjay, what's up?
Sanjay: Hi Amala. Nothing much. I'm just hanging out. What's up with you?
Amala: It's a good day. I'm feeling fine.
Sanjay: How is your sister?
Amala: Oh, fine. Not much has changed.
Sanjay: Well, I have to go. Nice seeing you!
(i) what’s up
(ii) Nothing much
(iii) Nice seeing you!
Greetings in Formal Conversations
Cecily: Good morning.
Prabu: Good morning. How are you?
Cecily: I'm very well, thank you. And you?
Prabu: I'm fine. Thank you for asking.
Cecily: Do you have a meeting this morning?
Prabu: Yes, I do. Do you have a meeting as well?
Cecily: Yes, Well. It was a pleasure seeing you.
(i) How are you?
(ii) "I’m fine
(iii) a pleasure seeing you