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    #1

    Greeting

    Dear teachers.
    Do you often say "Ta-ta for now." as meaning of "Good bye."?
    I haven't learned this kind of phrase.
    And what kind of phrases do you say when you see off your friends?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Greeting

    Quote Originally Posted by BJI-World_Peace View Post
    Dear teachers.
    Do you often say "Ta-ta for now." as meaning of "Good bye."?
    I haven't learned this kind of phrase.
    And what kind of phrases do you say when you see off your friends?
    Thanks.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    The phrase 'Ta-ta for now' is not generally used in English language anymore, at least not by the majority of people. It is seen as a posh phrase, mainly used by upper class women.

    I personally say, 'See you later' or simply, 'Bye'. A lot depends on your age range, social status and the relationship you have with your friend. A young person might say 'Laters', or 'In a bit', where as older people tend to be more formal, saying, 'Good bye' or, 'See you soon'.

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    Re: Greeting

    Ciao is also fairly common.

    It's not something I hear much nowadays, but I don't remember ta-ta [for now] being regarded as posh. I remember it being looked down on as the sort of thing people who said poorly for ill would use- something that would make the language snobs shudder. However, I'm not sure if my memory is playing tricks.

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