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    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    1. When I was learning English as a beginner I learned from the textbooks that in a shop a shop assistant would greet you with 'Can I help you?'. But when I watch TV I heard a shop assistant say something like 'How is everything?'. Is it a special case or shop assistants have changed their way of addressing their customers? And how should a customer reply to this greeting?

    2. I also noticed in a film that when people meet each other they said somthing like 'Hi, there' or maybe 'Hi, they'. From the context it functions like 'Hi'. Am I right? If I am, when do people use it? Is it used in informal situation and to friends?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    1. When I was learning English as a beginner I learned from the textbooks that in a shop a shop assistant would greet you with 'Can I help you?'. But when I watch TV I heard a shop assistant say something like 'How is everything?'. Is it a special case or shop assistants have changed their way of addressing their customers? And how should a customer reply to this greeting?
    Some salespeople believe "Can I help you?", the answer to which is either "Yes" or "No", might cost them a sale, so they alter their language so as to gain a sale,

    Q: How may I help you?
    A: I'm looking for ~ I'm not sure ~

    2. I also noticed in a film that when people meet each other they said somthing like 'Hi, there' or maybe 'Hi, they'. From the context it functions like 'Hi'. Am I right? If I am, when do people use it? Is it used in informal situation and to friends?
    Hi, there is used with friends, and even with strangers you feel comfortable with. :D

    I look forward to hearing from you is rather formal. :wink:

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    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Could you please make a suggestion as to what to use instead of 'I am looking forward to hearing from you"?

    Jiang
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    1. When I was learning English as a beginner I learned from the textbooks that in a shop a shop assistant would greet you with 'Can I help you?'. But when I watch TV I heard a shop assistant say something like 'How is everything?'. Is it a special case or shop assistants have changed their way of addressing their customers? And how should a customer reply to this greeting?
    Some salespeople believe "Can I help you?", the answer to which is either "Yes" or "No", might cost them a sale, so they alter their language so as to gain a sale,

    Q: How may I help you?
    A: I'm looking for ~ I'm not sure ~

    2. I also noticed in a film that when people meet each other they said somthing like 'Hi, there' or maybe 'Hi, they'. From the context it functions like 'Hi'. Am I right? If I am, when do people use it? Is it used in informal situation and to friends?
    Hi, there is used with friends, and even with strangers you feel comfortable with. :D

    I look forward to hearing from you is rather formal. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Could you please make a suggestion as to what to use instead of 'I am looking forward to hearing from you"?

    Jiang
    Forums/Email: Looking forward to your reply.

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    :D
    Now I see. I hope, if it doesn't bother you too much, you could always point out my mistakes or inapproriate use of English.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Could you please make a suggestion as to what to use instead of 'I am looking forward to hearing from you"?

    Jiang
    Forums/Email: Looking forward to your reply.

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