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    good afternoon

    hi, there!
    could you answer if it would be appripriate to use "good afternoon!" to a member of my family, to collegue; if it's used in formal or informal situations or both?
    Do englishmen use "hello, everybody!" in formal or informal situations or both.

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    #2

    Re: good afternoon

    Hi,

    Good afternoon is more formal than hi or hello. In formal situations you won't say hello everybody.
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    Re: good afternoon

    While I use '(good) morning' and '(good) evening' when I meet someone in formal or semi-formal situations, I rarely, if ever, use '(good) afternoon'. I use none of them to a members of my family. The only time I can imagine using 'good afternoon' would be if I were giving a formal talk that happened to begin in the afternoon.

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    Re: good afternoon

    I know that "hello" is less formal than "good evening/morning/afternoon", but what I'd like to ask is, can I use it in formal or semi-formal situations? When I see a person for the first time. For example, somebody stole my car, so I go to report it to the police. Can I say "hello" to the officer (whom I've never seen before) who is going to take down my statement? Could they get offended I if did say "hello" instead of "good evening/morning/afternoon"?

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    Re: good afternoon

    We (speakers of BrE) don't worry too much about this. I'd be more concerned if a police officer expected to be addressed in a special way.

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    #6

    Re: good afternoon

    Do you mean addressing him by his rank (constable etc.)? I'd most likely call him "officer". Is that OK? It should be at least in AmE because that's what I heard other people using when talking to a policeman (in California).

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    Re: good afternoon

    In many cultures, it seems to be necessary to use some form of title for the person addressed. This is not the case in British English. If I wish to draw the attention of a police officer, I may call 'Officer' to attract his/her attention, but if I am drawn into conversation with a police officer, I use no such term.
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-May-2012 at 22:45. Reason: typo

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