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In our day today life we meet quite many people who are sometimes personally related to us like our members of our family, relatives and friends or professionally related like colleagues and often people related in various social contexts, like those at a bank or a hotel and so on.
At the first instance of meeting we greet / wish them.

Read the following conversations.
Sample 1: (in the office)

Siddu: Good Morning Sir,
Boss: Good Morning, How are you?
Siddu: Fine, Thank You Sir
Boss: Is the report on the latest project over?
Siddu: It is about to be finished.
Boss: Meet Mr.Ramesh, He is your team leader. You can clarify your doubts from him.
Siddu: Good Morning Sir, How do you do?
Ramesh: Good Morning, Fine Thank you. I am glad to meet you. Are you from Hyderabad?
Siddu: No, I am from Vijayawada. Presently I am staying at visakhapatnam.
Boss: carry on Siddu
Siddu: Thank you sir, have a good day

Sample.2 (in the Institution)
Siddu: Good morning Teacher.
Teacher: Good morning. How are you?
Siddu: Fine. Thank you.
Teacher: How do you find this college/
Siddu: It is nice; I am able to make a few friends.
Teacher: O.K. Good luck.
Siddu: Thank you.

Sample.3 (in the Park)
Siddu: Good Evening uncle.

Uncle: Good Evening Siddu, How do you do? Siddu: Fine. How is your health?
Uncle: OK. Doctor advised me to walk and so I ‘m here.
Siddu: It’s good. I wish you good health. Good bye uncle.

Sample 4: (with a friend)
Siddu: Hi…Nishi
Nishi: Hey… Siddu
Siddu: After a long time… How are you?
Nishi: Not bad.
Siddu: I am going to class now. See you later.
Nishi: O.K Bye bye… see you soon.

Observe the expressions used to greet in the above situations. In the first two samples the expressions are formal/official and the speakers had followed certain formalities in maintaining the relationship. Hence the standard formal expressions are used. In sample.3, though the situation is not official, Siddu had used the expressions giving respect to the elder. In sample.4, Siddu is very light in tone and so casual in speech. By this we learn that expressions change basing on the relation we have with people.

Expressions also vary basing on the time of the day. Like...
Good Morning In the Morning
Meeting for the fist time before noon.
Good Afternoon At Noon
After 12 pm, before evening
Good Evening In the evening
After it gets dark
meeting for the first time in the evening.
Good Night Before taking leave in the evening
Before going to bed

In informal situations we use hello / hi irrespective of time of the day. In formal and sometimes informal situations we use good morning, good afternoon and good evening basing on the time of the day. Good Evening is used when we meet people in the evening, even after evening when it gets dark. ‘Good night’ is used only while taking leave in the evening and before going to bed.

Greeting Response
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
How are you?
How’s everything?
How’s it going?
How do you do?
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
Fine, thanks. And how are/about you?
Very well, thanks. And how
are/about you?
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
What's up?
How are you doing?
After long time
Hi, what a nice surprise!
Hello, Siddu fancy meeting you here!
What a surprise
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
Fine thanks and you?
Fine thanks, what about you?
Not bad." Or "Can't complain. Great!
Very well, thank you. And you?
Fine / Great
Leave taking

Note: After 8 p.m. - Good night.
I look forward
Bye bye
Take care
Good night
Good night
Hope to see you again
See you later

Published date : 02 Oct 2010 06:54PM

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