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    #1

    So long as a way of saying good-bye

    Is "so long" a widely used expressaion in British English? Can it be used by a student to a teacher at university? And by a teacher to a student?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    I've not heard it for years. It seems to be on its way out.

    I'd advise not using it at all.

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    #3

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    It is still in use in AmE.

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    #4

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    When I was part of a massive layoff at work, I wrote "So long and thanks for all the fish" on my whiteboard before I left. While there were few people left to see it, those who were The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy fans appreciated it.
    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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    #5

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is still in use in AmE.
    How unexpected! I thought it was just a dated British English phrase. Is it used by elderly people only or by all ages in American English? Can it be used on TV or radio?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    With the exception of certain rules about swearing, there are no rules about what can be said on TV or radio.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    I suggest that most Brits would understand "so long" very well, and they would almost never say it. If they are over 50 they probably think of it as American.
    They watched many American films through childhood...
    If they are youngsters they perhaps don't worry whether it's Br or Am. But still they probably never say it.
    (There's an American folk song called So long, it's been good to know you,.....)

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    #8

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    Yes, and:
    "So long, Marianne"- Leonard Cohen
    "So long, Frank Lloyd Wright" - Simon and Garfunkel
    And apparently these:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Long

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    #9

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    I wouldn't use it in the teacher/student contexts.

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    #10

    Re: So long as a way of saying good-bye

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't use it in the teacher/student contexts.
    Does it mean something like farewell in BrE? What is its closest synonym?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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