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Greetings Lesson

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There are many ways to greet people in English. Some ways are formal and others are informal. Formal greetings are used when you don't know a person very well or when you are in a formal setting like a job interview. Informal greetings should only be used with close relatives and good friends. Some popular greetings are: Hello, Hi, How are you?, What's up?, What's going on?, How's it going?, Good morning, Good afternoon, and Good evening. (3 pages)



  • The most common greeting in English is "Hello".

  • Saying hello is correct for both formal and informal situations.




  • "Hi" is less formal than hello.

  • Saying hi can be used in both formal and informal settings, but it is always safer to say hello if you're not sure which greeting to use.

  • Remember to smile when you say hello!

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