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How to greet people formally

Today CIA would like to present How to greet people formally to all reader. In English, we can greet people with many word but for the formal one, We would recommend you to read the following paragraph for better understanding on How to greet people formally. Let’s learn together.


Good Morning, Sir.


Using sir in a greeting sounds very formal. It gives extra status or importance to the person you are talking to and there are several situation where you might hear it.

One of the most common situations is in the service industry: it could be a hotel receptionist to a guet, a waiter talking to a customer in a restaurant, or it could be in a shop – anywhere where people are dealing with customers or clients. If you were speaking to a woman, you wouldn’t say sir, you would say madam.


Good morning, sir. It’s a real honour to have you here.


The situation this makes me think of is of greeting a VIP: perhaps a very important politician or leader who you meet. In some cases, people use it when they are greeting someone much older than they are, as a sign of respect. Or you may occasionally hear it used in the workplace, where employees want to show respect for their superiors. As you listen to this clip, again note how only the employee uses the word sir.


Employee: Good morning, Mr. August.

Mr. August: Hello, James. How are you?

Employee: I’m very well, thank you. How are you?

Mr. August: Fine, thank you.


So words that are longer tend to sound more formal and polite, while shorter, abbreviated words are more likely to sound informal and friendly.

So, I would like to sum up the language in greeting as show below


  • Good (morning/afternoon/everning) sir/madam, Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms.

Things you might say when greeting someone in a formal context

  • How are you?
  • It’s lovely to see you again!
  • It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?
  • How are things with you?

Examples of situations where you might use formal greetings

  • Working in the service industry: e.g. a restaurant, hotel, travel agent.
  • Greeting someone older than you.
  • At work, when speaking to your superiors.
  • Meeting a VIP: e.g. a politician.
  • Being polite to someone you don’t know very well.
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