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  1. Member
    Academic
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      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 188
    #1

    "hey" as an exclamation

    Is the word 'hey' a polite form of getting someone's attention. We have the same word in Persian but it's not that polite.

  2. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
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      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
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      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
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    #2

    Re: "hey" as an exclamation

    An "excuse me!" or "sir!" or "madam/miss!" is more polite. But if that fails, a "hey!" is more attention-grabbing.

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    Retired English Teacher
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      • English
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      • England
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      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
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    #3

    Re: "hey" as an exclamation

    It's always impolite in BE.

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