Formal Greetings – How to Greet People in Formal Situations

This post is about greetings and the language you might use if you’re greeting people in quite formal situations, when you want to sound polite. The following conversation between a teacher and two students has a few words and expressions to use while greeting people in formal situations.

Samanya: Good morning, Sir! How are you doing?
Teacher: Good morning, Samanya. I am doing well. And you?
Samanya: I’m great, thank you. This is my friend Radha. She is thinking about applying for a scholarship. She has a few questions and she thinks you can answer them. Would you mind telling us about the process, please?
Teacher: Hello, Radha! It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m more than happy to speak with you. Please come to my office during the break.
Radha: It’s a pleasure to meet you, Sir. Thank you so much for helping us.
Teacher: Don’t mention it. Hopefully, I will be able to answer your questions!

Some more expressions to greet people in formal situations.
Good morning! Good afternoon, sir! Good evening, madam!
How are you? How are things with you?
I’m very well, thank you. It’s lovely to see you again.
It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

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