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    When, for example, somebody wishes me a Merry Christmas, can I say likewise as a reply? Is it common?

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    Re: likewise

    I wouldn't say it's common as a way to return such a short greeting.

    If someone says "My best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year" you could say "And likewise to you!"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: likewise

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    When, for example, somebody wishes me a Merry Christmas, can I say likewise as a reply? Is it common?

    It's not really appropriate here, if all they say is, "Merry Christmas.

    It's used when you want to say you feel the same way as the first speaker...............

    "I'm very pleased to meet you."
    "Likewise, I'm sure"

    "I'm really keen to see that new film."
    "Likewise."

    "I don't really care for garlic in my food."
    "Likewise, it's too strong a taste for me."

    If you're wished a Merry Christmas, you'd usually respond with, "Same to you" or "And a Merry Christmas to you, too."

    If they say specifically, "I wish you a Merry Christmas" then you could respond with, "Likewise."


    buggles (not a teacher)

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