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17 smart ways to say goodbye in English

Tired of just saying "goodbye"?

Do you want to transform the boring "goodbye" into something friendlier or more interesting?

Then you are exactly right here.

Whether you're an ESL student who wants to speak a little more naturally with their English-speaking friends or you're a business person who wants to connect with a client - I have the solution!

Here are 17 English phrases and expressions to use in place of the good old goodbye.

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General ways to say goodbye in English


This is the standard goodbye. In short, simple, and you can say it to absolutely anyone. You can say it to friends and family as well as to colleagues and business partners. Even if you use some of the other terms on this list, you will usually still say "bye" to the asylum seeker.

As you practice this and the other English goodbye ways below, you can hear how these are used in real life situations on FluentU. FluentU takes real-world videos - like movie trailers, music videos, news, and inspirational conversations - and turns them into personalized language lessons.

2.Bye Bye!

This cute and childish expression is usually only used when talking to children. Occasionally adults say “bye bye” to each other, but only if they know each other very well and are trying to be flirtatious or cute. You shouldn't say this to a colleague or business partner.

3.see you later, see you soon or Talk to you later

These phrases, whether you say them to friends or colleagues, are suitable for everyone. Often we say one of these expressions before we say “bye” because “bye” on its own can sound a little short. Note that "you" is commonly pronounced as "ya".

4.I've got to get goingor I must be going

These are good expressions when you are about to leave a social gathering. It would be rude to just say “bye” and suddenly leave in the middle of a conversation. The saying "I've got to get going" lets people know that you are ready to say goodbye. Depending on the situation, you can also briefly explain why you have to leave. For example, you can say, “I've got to get going. I have to wake up early tomorrow morning ". This expression makes it clear that you have enjoyed yourself and don't really want to leave.

5.Take it easy

This expression is a casual way of saying "have a nice day". “Take it easy” is generally encouraging not to work too hard and to take time to relax. Note that sometimes you say “take it easy” to an angry or irritated person. In such a case it means something like "calm down".

6.       I'm off

This is another casual way of letting people know that you are about to be on your way. You could soften this expression a bit by saying something like, "Right then, I'm off" or "Anyway, I'm off". With such phrases before the expression "I'm off" you make it clear to the others that you intend to announce something. Again, you can briefly explain why you have to go. For example, you can say, "Anyway, I'm off: I've got a busy day tomorrow ". It's a relaxed way to say goodbye and have a smooth finish.

Formal and business farewells in English

7.      Goodbye

As strange as it seems, the word "goodbye" is rarely used to say goodbye. It sounds very formal and is usually only used if you will never see the person again. "Bye" is usually more appropriate even in business situations.

8.Have a nice day orHave a good _____

These are pleasant, polite ways to say goodbye to someone you don't know well. You can say this to a coworker, cashier, or casual acquaintance. You can use almost any noun after "good" depending on the situation. For example, you can say, “Have a good vacation“When you say goodbye to someone before he or she goes on vacation; or “Have a good weekend“When you say goodbye to a colleague on Friday afternoon.

9.I look forward to our next meeting

This very formal expression is appropriate when you want to keep in touch with someone. It lets the person know that even though you are saying goodbye now, you want to keep in touch with him or her.

10.Until _______

This phrase is less common, but you can use it if you know when you will next see the person. For example, if you are about to see the person again next week, you can say “Until next week”.

11.   Take care

“Take care” can be used in professional situations as well as everyday situations. It's a warm, real-sounding expression that usually goes down well with others. Note, however, that you are not saying this expression to someone you normally see every day. When you say “take care” it's like saying “goodbye” to someone, it usually means that you won't see them for at least a week.

12.It was nice to see you again orIt was nice seeing you

When you greet someone, you often say "It's nice to see you". When you say goodbye, you can also say: "It was nice to see you again". You can use this phrase to say goodbye to someone you know. Or if that was the first time you met the person, you can say, "It was nice meeting you".

13.   Goodnight

This formal way of saying goodbye can only be used late in the evening when it is night and one is going home to sleep. Note that “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” and “Good evening” are expressions to greet each other and only “Good night” can be used to say goodbye.

English slang for saying goodbye

14.   Later, Latersor Catch you later

This is slang to say "see you later," which is common among teenagers. These phrases are very loose and should only be said to people you know very well.

15. Peaceor Peace out

These loose twists to say goodbye were very popular in the 1990s. Some people still use them today, but they can also sound a little dated. If these terms are not used by your friends then it is probably best not to use them.

16.   In the out or I'm out of here

This is a very casual way of letting someone know that you are about to say goodbye and should only be used among friends. When you use these expressions it sounds like you're happy to go about it, so be careful how and when you say them. For example, a student might say, "I'm out of here" to their friends after their last lesson, because they are happy that school is over and they can go home.

17.   I gotta jet, I gotta take off, I gotta hit the road or I gotta head out

These are slang versions of "I've got to get going". "Gotta" is an abbreviation of "got to." Like "I've got to get going," these expressions let your friends know that you had a good time and that you are at least a little sad to leave. There you have it ! Feel free to play with these different ways to say goodbye and see which one you like the most.

More goodbye resources in English

If you can't get enough of the "goodbye" alternatives, here are some other resources that can help you:

10 fun and easy ways to say goodbye in English without saying goodbye: There are some other casual ways to say goodbye that are also worth trying.

15 different ways to say goodbye in English: Very well done video from an eloquent teacher about more ways to say goodbye.

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