Greeting someone

How do English native speakers greet each other? The following polite phrases and idioms are common in English-speaking cultures:


Hi / Hello.
Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening.
Hey / Hi guys!
Good to see you.
Nice to meet you.
How are you? (American English)/ How do you do? (Britsh English)
Americans naturally add "How are you?" to their greeting. However, you need to be aware that this "How are you" is not really a question of one's emotional or physical state but rather a polite phrase. You would never reply "Actually, I am really annoyed and I've had a terrible day.". You'd usually say "Good, how are you?".
Look out, the British say "How do you do?" instead.
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