Asked by: peter
Jesby Sanz on Mar 24, 2013
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Zoe Edwards on May 03, 2013
Depending on time of day, there are different possible greetings…
Morning: Ohaiyo (gozaimasu)
Evening(generally after sunset): Konbanwa
The gozaimasu is used in formal context, like a business meeting or meeting someone new…it’s generally left out if it in a friendly context…. I’m unsure whether or not it’s used with the other two, but i’m going to assume it’s not since i’ve never heard it used with them, at least not often..
Steve Wright on Apr 05, 2014
Let’s not forget: telephone ‘idiom’ also has “Moshi-moshi.” Sounds funny when read or spoken, but it’s legitimate. I suppose it’s like how many French folks use, or used to use, “Allo^” nowhere else but in telephone conversation.
Donald Plageman on Apr 09, 2014
To add to Zoe Edwards’ explanation, ‘gozaimasu’ is not used with ‘konnichiwa’ or ‘konbanwa’, only with ‘ohaiyo’.