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  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
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    #1

    Hi there!

    Hello,

    What is the difference beween saying just "Hi" from "Hi there"?

    Many thanks.

  2. Ouisch's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Hi there!

    Not much difference at all in AmE. Sometimes "hi there" is preferred when greeting someone from a distance (for example, from across a large room or maybe when on TV and greeting someone in the viewing audience). And "hi there" might be used when greeting a friend you haven't seen in quite a while: "Well hi there, how have you been?" But for the most part the two greetings are interchangeable.

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