How do you say goodbye in English? Let us count the ways!
There are many kinds of goodbyes. There are also as many ways to say your goodbyes. Here's a list of them.
• "Goodbye!" – This is actually rarely used nowadays because it sounds too formal. People usually say "Bye!" because it sounds more relaxed and informal.
• "See you later!" or "See you!" – This is a basic goodbye you can say to friends and acquaintances you will see again soon. Sometimes, the "you" is pronounced like "yah."
For an even more casual goodbye, you can simple say, "Later!"
• "Take care!" – You can say goodbye to both friends and strangers warmly and sincerely with this expression. It can also be used in both formal and informal situations.
• "I've got to get going." – You can use this expression to leave a social gathering or end a conversation. You say it to prepare to leave. You can add a short explanation after it. For example: "I've got to get going. I have an early flight tomorrow."
Other versions are: "I must be going." and "I have to go."
• "I'm off." – This is another informal way of letting people know you're leaving. You can also add a simple explanation. For example: "Well, I'm off. I have a meeting at 1pm."
• "It was nice seeing you." or "It was nice to see you again." – You use this expression to say goodbye to someone you already know.
If you just met the person for the first time, you can say "It was nice to meet you."
• "Have a good day/week/weekend." – This is another expression you can use if you want to sound friendly when you say goodbye. A shorter, more casual version is "Have a good one." It means the same thing.
• "Until... " – People used this phrase to say goodbye, but it's not as popular anymore. You say when you will see the person again after the word "until." For example: "Until tomorrow!" or "Until the next project."
• So long! – This is an informal way to say goodbye, but few people use these days. It is an old expression.
• Farewell. – This goodbye comes with good wishes for the person who is leaving. It is also very formal, so many people don't use it.
That's all for now. Until the next blog post!