γεια σας

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Greek[edit]

Phrase[edit]

γεια σας (geia sas)

  1. (formal, plural) hello, goodbye
    Γεια σας, κύριε Γιώργο.Geia sas, kýrie Giórgo. ― Hello Mr George (polite)
    Γεια σας, παιδιά.Geia sas, paidiá. ― Hello children (plural)
  2. (literally) your health

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Usage notes[edit]

you — when using the second-person to an individual in Greek a choice must be made between using the singular or plural form of the verb. The choice made depends upon the relationship between the speaker and the person spoken to (see: T–V distinction).

† The singular form is familiar and informal, used with family, friends, children and younger people: γεια σου (geia sou, hello), τι κάνεις; (ti káneis?, how are you?).
‡ The plural is formal and polite, and used with strangers and to give respect: γεια σας (geia sas, hello), τι κάνετε; (ti kánete?, how are you?).