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10:33 Jan 17, 2002
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: How do you do?
When you meet someone...
Johku02
Finland
Local time: 21:01
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5 +1Salve! (Salvete! - plural)Nigel Patterson
5 +1Quid agis?
Evert DELOOF-SYS


  

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Quid agis?


Explanation:
Ref.:

Table of Common Latin Expressions. Latin. English. Salve(te)! Hello! Vale(te)!
Farewell! Quid agis? How are you doing? Quid annus est? What year is it? ...
Description: A simple list of some common phrases in Latin.
Category: Kids and Teens > School Time > Foreign Languages > Latin

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Evert DELOOF-SYS
Belgium
Local time: 20:01
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch, Native in FlemishFlemish

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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Salve! (Salvete! - plural)


Explanation:
i.e. a formal greeting. It depends on your context: for example, in the UK 'How do you do' strictly speaking is not an equivalent of 'How are you?' but rather a formal way of saying hello on a first meeting - and thus should be answered with 'How do you do?' Modern usage has, however, eroded this custom, so that nowadays some people reply to the question as if it meant 'How are you?' (in which case, see previous answer!)

Nigel Patterson
United States
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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