When you briefly greet somebody

1.1   When you briefly greet somebody


Hi!   Listen <“Hi! How are you?” – “I am fine, thanks. How are you doing?”>

Hello!   Listen<“Hello, Jane!” – “Good morning, Bob”>

Hi there!   Listen < – “Wow, you’re already back!”>

Greetings.   Listen<“Greetings, my friend. How’s everything?” – “Hello! Everything is fine.”>


1.2   When you greet somebody more politely

How are you?   Listen  <“Hi, how are you?” – “I’m fine, thank you. How are things with you?”>

How is everything?   Listen  <“Hello! How is everything?” – “Fine. What about you? Have you been keeping out of trouble?”>

How’s it going?   Listen  <“Hi, how’s it going?” – “It’s going OK. How about you? Have you been keeping busy?”>

How has it been?   Listen  <“Hi, how has it been?” – “Alright. Have you been OK?”>

How have you been?   Listen  <“Hello, Bill. How have you been?” – “I’ve been OK, thank you. How are you?”>

(Chiefly formal or British) How do you do?   Listen  <“How do you do, Mr. Johnson?” – “How do you do, Molly?”>


1.3   When you greet somebody at a particular time of the day

Good morning.   Listen  <“Good morning. Nice to see you.” – “Morning. You sure get up early!”>

How are you this morning?   Listen      < – “I’m well. And you?”>

Good afternoon.   Listen  <“Good afternoon. How’s everything?” – “Hello. Everything is alright, thank you.”>

Afternoon!   Listen   < – “Hi! How are you today?”>

Good evening.   Listen  <“Good evening. How are you?” – “I’m fine. How was your day?”>

Evening!   Listen  <“Evening, neighbor! How have you been?” – “Good evening, my friend. I’m OK. How about you?”>


1.4   When you greet a person you have not seen for a long time

I haven’t seen you in a long time!   Listen  <“Hello! Do you still remember me, old friend?”– “Oh, sure. I haven’t seen you in a long time! How have you been?” – “I’ve been alright. I’m so glad to see you!”>

I haven’t seen you in years!   Listen  < – “It’s so nice to meet you here!”>

I haven’t seen you in ages!   Listen  < – “I’ve been busy. How are things with you?”>

Long time no see!   Listen   A “A long time has passed since we saw each other.”   < – “Wow, Bob! Is that you? How has it been?”>

It’s good to see you again!   Listen  < – “Nice to see you, too! I’m so glad we met again!”>

Where have you been hiding yourself?   Listen   A “I have not seen you for a long time.”   < – “I’ve moved out of town. I’m visiting here.”>

Where have you been keeping yourself?   Listen  < – “I got married and moved in with my husband. We live across the river.”>

I don’t see you much around here anymore.   Listen  < – “I got a job with another company.”>

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