Farewells in English


We should say goodbye in a polite and friendly way at the end of any kind of a meeting. Be it a business meeting or just a get-together with friens.

Awareness of the type of an occasion and people present will help you choose the right phrases.


Formal situation

Politeness will help you maintain friendly relations with your business partners and make good impression.

  • I’m afraid I have another appointment.
  • If you’ll excuse me, I must be going.
  • I’m sorry but I have to leave now.
  • I’d better be going.

Informal situation

  • I’ve got to go now.
  • It’s getting late. I must be going.
  • I really must be going.
  • Is that the time?
  • Must dash.


Formal situation

Don’t forget to assure the other participants that you enjoyed the meeting when saying goodbye.

  • It was nice meeting you.

Alternatively, plan your next meeting.

  • Stay in touch.
  • I hope to see you soon.
  • I look forward to seeing you again.

Wish a nice rest of the day.

  • Have a good day.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day.
  • Have a safe journey home.

Informaln situation

  • Nice seeing you.
  • See you.
  • See you soon.
  • See you later.
  • Catch up with you later.
  • Take care!
  • Enjoy!
  • Have fun!
Sarah: I really must be going.
Jim: Nice seeing you. When are you off?
Sarah: I must catch the 11.00 train.
Jim: Hope to see you soon. Take care and give my best wishes to your brother.
Sarah: I will.
Jim: Bye bye.
Sarah: See you. Bye.
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Gabriela Kašparová
Lector and language consultant. Studied English at the Faculty of Education. Having worked as an English tutor at nursery school, she got experience with working with children with learning disability. During her 8-year experience with teaching adults she has implemented her findings from learning children and has created simple and transparent explanations of complicated grammar features. Teaching both children and adults, she keeps encouraging them not to fear a foreign language and to learn with pleasure.



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