Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

long time no see

long time no see
1) said when you encounter someone you have not seen for a long time
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    • Hey, long time no see!
  • Analysis
    The expression 'long time no see' literally means 'it's been a long time since I've seen you'. It is used as a greeting when you haven't physically seen someone for a long time. This is a very casual phrase best used with people you know in social contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Hey, Frank, long time no see! What are you up to these days?
    2. Clare: Excuse me, you might not remember me but we went to the same school years ago. Jack: Of course I remember you, Clare. Long time no see!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Mr Gu, long time no see! I'd love for you to visit our new office while you are in town.
    2. John, is that you? I didn't know you came back from the states. Long time no see!
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