Common greeting phrases

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Common greeting phrases
Common greeting phrases vary depending on the time of day. (Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

There are several common phrases to use when greeting someone and all of them vary depending on both the time of day and the situation in which someone is being greeted. The variety in common greeting phrases stems from the use of both proper English language and slang words and phrases.

Common All Day Greetings

Commonly used greeting phrases are "Hello, how are you?" and "Hi, how are you?" A simple "Hello" or "Hi" are also used frequently instead of the entire phrase. If you are just meeting someone for the first time, it is common to say, "Hello, it is nice to meet you." If you haven't seen someone for a long time and are greeting him, it is common to say, "Hello, how have you been?"

Common greeting phrases
"Hello, how are you?" is a common greeting phrase. (gesture greeting image by Valua Vitaly from

Common Morning and Evening Greetings

If you are greeting someone before noon, a common phrase is "Good morning." A common greeting used after 12 p.m. is "Good afternoon." If you're greeting someone in the evening or at night, it is common to say "Good evening."

Common greeting phrases
"Good evening" is a common greeting during nightfall. (jenny says hi image by Earl Robbins from

Common Slang Greetings

Over the years, many slang words and phrases have been used in place of proper English language greetings. Some commonly used slang greeting phrases are "Hey, there," "What's up?" and "How's it goin'?" Words and phrases are also shortened by simply losing some of the words in the proper phrase. For example, "Night" by itself is sometimes used in place of "Good night." In the same sense, "Morning" is also sometimes used in place of "Good morning."

Common greeting phrases
"Hey" and "What's Up?" are common slang greetings. (Meeting image by Mykola Velychko from

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