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    Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Hi,

    Is "yes" more formal than "yeah"? Where would you use "yeah" and where not?

    The same questions for "Thanks." and "Thank you."

    The same questions for "Hello" vs "Hi".

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Hi,

    Is "yes" more formal than "yeah"? Where would you use "yeah" and where not?

    Yes is formal; Yeah is slang and informal. Do not use in formal situations or writing.

    The same questions for "Thanks." and "Thank you."

    Thank you is more formal, though Thanks can usually be used in most situations.

    The same questions for "Hello" vs "Hi".

    As for "Yes/Yeah"

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Could you clarify/confirm that Hello is more formal than Hi? Thanks.


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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Of course it is. Just as Goodbye is more formal than 'Bye, and "Yes" is more formal than "Yeah"

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    #5

    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Thanks.

    Is it the same in American English? "Hello" more formal than "hi"?

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    #6

    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    It's the same everywhere, though I wouldn't use either in a formal situation; I would use Good morning/afternoon etc.

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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's the same everywhere, though I wouldn't use either in a formal situation; I would use Good morning/afternoon etc.
    Really? In American movies, I've seen quite a lot of (adult) people who didn't know each other saying "hi" to each other in a formal situation (and they were not rude, they were polite)... Can an American clarify this? Thanks.

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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Really? In American movies, I've seen quite a lot of (adult) people who didn't know each other saying "hi" to each other in a formal situation (and they were not rude, they were polite)... Can an American clarify this? Thanks.
    I have been in many formal business situations in the US, and believe me, when I was introduced to someone, I never heard "Hi" being said. The polite thing to say, is actually "How do you do?" or "I'm pleased to meet you." As far as the dialogue in an American movie is concerned, that always has to be taken with not only a grain of salt, but possibly a whole cup of it.

    Strangers do not normally greet each other with "Hi".

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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Well, so far no American with English as the first language has replied to this thread, so I'll keep waiting before forming an opinion...

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    The polite thing to say, is actually "How do you do?" or "I'm pleased to meet you."
    I didn't mean introduction. Just greeting a stranger politely in a formal situation. When you enter a shop, you don't say "How do you do?" to the shop assistant, who you don't know. You just say "Good morning/afternoon" or -- as I've seen in many movies -- "Hi."

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    Re: Yeah vs. Yes & Thanks vs. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Well, so far no American with English as the first language has replied to this thread, so I'll keep waiting before forming an opinion...

    I didn't mean introduction. Just greeting a stranger politely in a formal situation. When you enter a shop, you don't say "How do you do?" to the shop assistant, who you don't know. You just say "Good morning/afternoon" or -- as I've seen in many movies -- "Hi."
    Entering a shop is not an instance I'd be calling formal. Shop assistants, nurses, cashiers, etc. - it's common.
    Last edited by IvanV; 07-Feb-2009 at 12:45. Reason: bad example

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