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Why Are There So Many Ways To Say "Hi"?

Why on Earth are there so many ways to say "hi"? Is it because greeting people is something we all do ... all the time? Probably.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Also especially British, hullo.

Origin of hello

First recorded in 1865–70; variant of hallo
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How to use hello in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hello

hello

hallo or hullo

/ (hɛˈləʊ, hə-, ˈhɛləʊ) /

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an expression of greeting used on meeting a person or at the start of a telephone call
a call used to attract attention
an expression of surprise
an expression used to indicate that the speaker thinks his or her listener is naive or slow to realize somethingHello? Have you been on Mars for the past two weeks or something?
noun plural -los
the act of saying or calling "hello"

Word Origin for hello

C19: see hallo
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