What is the difference between Здравствуйте and Здравствуй?

February 21, 2016


Здравствуйте is formal, and Здравствуй only semi-formal. (Привет would be informal.)

February 21, 2016

Could also be plural, couldn't it?

February 21, 2016

yes, it is. When you address a group of people, it will be always здравствуйте.

February 21, 2016

thanks a lot, I can see you know much!!

February 21, 2016

the difference is the same as between вы (plural you or formal singular you) and ты (informal you). This is imperative, and you will probably see this later in your studies that there are two imperative forms for all verbs: singular/informal and plural/formal.

February 23, 2016

I want to add. It seems to me, that Здравствуйте (здравствуй) = hello. Привет = Hi. In Russian language "Здравствуйте" (literally) = I wish you health. In colloquial speech we often (75%) use a short form "Здрасте", which is nearer to "привет"

February 24, 2016

Thank you for posting this question and thanks to all the people who commented in here. This thread solved my question so eloquently.

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