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    Smile How to address a bunch of co-workers, colegues, friends and in more formal situation

    Hi all, Since I remember I have been embarrassing myself in front of groups of people trying to address them properly in Britain. It's happened in all sorts of situations more or less formal. Like here in England they rather stay away from 'Guys' common in american films. And 'hello everybody' is so weird to them so everybody give me a quick glare in silence :)

    I don't know where that problem is, but it seems to formal register for some and to awkward to withstand for others. Please help

    Maybe you can show me the difference between North American greatings and English ones.

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    Re: How to address a bunch of co-workers, colegues, friends and in more formal situat

    Try Good morning/afternoon/evening, ladies and gentlemen.

    Rover

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    Re: How to address a bunch of co-workers, colegues, friends and in more formal situat

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Try Good morning/afternoon/evening, ladies and gentlemen.

    Rover
    If you happen to notice that there are no women present, then "Good morning/afternoon/evening, gentlemen" and, obviously, if there are no men, "Good morning/afternoon/evening ladies".

    I'm surprised that they don't seem to take too kindly to the use of "everyone". If the beginning of the salutation were polite (Good morning/afternoon/evening) I would certainly have no problem with the next word being "everyone".

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    Re: How to address a bunch of co-workers, colegues, friends and in more formal situat

    How about Good afternoon, colleagues?

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