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    greeting

    The thing is a debate between me and my friend. I'd like to ask English native speakers about that. In my native language greeting is defined as a form used also at leaving, i.d. bye-bye is a greeting as well. Do you use the word or definition of greeting only at meeting someone in English? thanks.

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    Re: greeting

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    The thing is a debate between me and my friend. I'd like to ask English native speakers about that. In my native language greeting is defined as a form used also at leaving, i.d. bye-bye is a greeting as well. Do you use the word or definition of greeting only at meeting someone in English? thanks.
    "Greeting" is used only in connection with meeting someone.


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    Re: greeting

    Thank you, bhaisahab, for the bad news. I was wrong.
    Then, what would you call the "goodbye" if not a greeting?
    Thank you.

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    Re: greeting

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Thank you, bhaisahab, for the bad news. I was wrong.
    Then, what would you call the "goodbye" if not a greeting?
    Thank you.
    "Goodbye" is a farewell. Typically given when you are leaving. Bye Bye is a slang version.

    Example: John and Susan are walking past each other in a store. The pair stop and talk. John says, "Hello Susan." [greeting] Susan states, "Hi John." [Hi is slang for hello, also a greeting]
    As the pair leave each other they would give a farewell. "Goodbye Susan, see you soon I hope." Susan returns with, "Bye bye John, see you later."

    To greet is for when meeting. To farewell is for leaving each other's company.


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    #5

    Re: greeting

    Thank you Sharonk123 very much. I should have known the answer.

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