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    Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    Can wave hands to sb means say goodbye to sb?
    Or we have to add one's in the phrase?
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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    "Wave goodbye" is the term.
    "She waved goodbye to him."

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    Thank you.
    I waved hands to him.
    I waved my hands to him.
    Are the above the same?Does the term make sense without "my" if it means wave goodbye?

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    No, the phrases you've given don't mean the same.
    "I was drowning in the sea, so I waved my hands to the people on the shore." This doesn't mean you're waving goodbye (unless you actually plan to drown).

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    Thank you.
    But I wonder whether waved hands to sb. can mean wave goodbye, too.
    e.g. I waved hands to Mom and said goodbye.
    Or I must say I waved My hands to Mom and said goodbye.
    Is "My" necessary here?

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    You can say 'wave somebody off' to mean 'wave goodbye to somebody' according to http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...off?q=wave+off
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    But I wonder whether waved hands to sb. can mean wave goodbye, too.
    e.g. I waved hands to Mom and said goodbye
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    No, this is not natural.
    Or I must say I waved My hands to Mom and said goodbye.
    This is also not natural. Did you not read Raymott's posts?

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    Re: Wave one's hand(s) v.s.wave hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    You can say 'wave somebody off' to mean 'wave goodbye to somebody' according to http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...off?q=wave+off
    Note that when you wave somebody off, they are leaving you. If you wave goodbye to someone, only context will tell you who is leaving.

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