“Hey Yourself” – 7 More Appropriate Alternatives

“Hey yourself” is an informal way to respond to someone saying “hey” to you. Of course, there are some more appropriate ways to come up with a response to a typical “hey,” and this article will look at some of the best ones you can use.

What Can I Say Instead Of “Hey Yourself”?

Since “hey yourself” is just a way of saying “hello” back to someone who has greeted you, we are left with plenty of options for alternatives. We will share with you some of the best ones, which include:

  • Hello to you too
  • Hello, how are you?
  • Hi, are you okay?
  • Hi back
  • Hello, also
  • It’s lovely to see you
  • You alright?
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The preferred version is “hello to you too” because it’s the most polite and formal option. We can always use “hello” whenever we want to greet someone, and the “to you too” portion of the phrase shows that someone has already said it to us.

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Hello To You Too

Let’s start with the preferred option and work our way through. Of course, many of the options in this list are great to use, and you are free to use any of them. However, “hello to you too” works in almost all cases, and you can never go wrong with it.

“Hello to you too” works well when someone initiates a greeting with “hello.” It’s very formal and polite, which is why it’s so appropriate to use in just about any situation where somebody has greeted us.

Many people use “hello” because they can trust that it won’t offend people. Some people don’t like more informal choices like “hey” or “hi,” but there are never instances where “hello” gets disregarded, so you can trust it.

Here’s how you might use it:

  • Hello!
  • Hello to you, too! I’m so glad you’re here.
  • Hello, Sarah.
  • Hello to you too! It’s lovely to see you.

Hello, How Are You?

Sometimes, we might want to throw a question back at the person that greeted us. This is especially effective when we’re interested in carrying on the conversation, and we want to give them a chance to speak about themselves.

“Hello, how are you” works when we want to ask someone how they’re doing after the greeting. As we’ve stated, it’s a great way to continue a conversation. It shows the other person that we’re interested in them, and we’re happy that they’ve spoken to us.

Even if they only replied with something like “fine” or “I’m okay” after, the interest was still there, and we made an effort. That’s what makes one of these greeting questions such a useful thing to have ready.

Here’s how it might look:

  • Hello!
  • Hello, how are you?
  • Hello, Marge.
  • Hello, Sarah, how are you?
  • Hello, Darren.
  • Hello, how are you today?

Hi, Are You Okay?

Sometimes, “hello” isn’t necessary. Most of this choice will depend on what the person said to you first. “Hi” is always a good replacement for “hello.”

We can use “hi, are you okay” to again ask how someone is doing after greeting them. This is a useful way to continue a conversation without needing to think too hard, and it saves you from a stale and simple “hi” greeting with no further communication.

Again, it’s great to ask questions whenever we get a chance to. We don’t just want to end up with a conversation that goes “hi” twice, and then nothing else happens. These are very awkward social situations to be in.

Here’s how it could work for you:

  • Hi, Steve.
  • Hi, Paul, are you okay?
  • Hi, buddy.
  • Hi, are you okay?
  • Hi, mate!
  • Hi! Are you okay?

Hi Back

While not the most common choice, “hi back” is another way we can greet someone. It’s fairly informal, but it’s still a good choice to replace “hey yourself.”

“Hi back” isn’t entirely common, but we can still use it in fairly informal situations. “Back” works the same way as “yourself” does in “hey yourself.” The idea is that we use it when somebody says “hi” first, and we use “back” to show that we’re saying the greeting back to them.

There are plenty of other choices we can use to return a greeting to somebody. “Back” is just one of many that are available to us should we want to say “hi” to somebody.

Here’s how we could get it to work:

  • Hi, Joseph!
  • Hi back! How are you doing?
  • Hi, Melissa.
  • Hi back, Stuart! How are you today?
  • Hi, sir.
  • Hi back, kiddo!

Hello, Also

Going back to “hello” briefly, we can use the word “also” after it when someone has said it to us. As you may be able to tell by now, the choices are limitless for what we can reply to someone after a greeting.

“Hello, also” works well to return a greeting of “hello.” Remember, though; it only works when somebody says “hello” to you (as every other option on this list can only reply to the word we use). If someone says “hi” or “hey,” it’s best not to use a “hello, also” variation.

“Also” isn’t all that common when we want to return a greeting, but it still works. It’s a more old-fashioned way to respond to someone, and many people would rather say “hello, too” or “hello to you, too.”

Here’s how “hello, also” works:

  • Hello there, Stuart!
  • Hello, also, George.
  • Hello, Matt.
  • Hello, also, Martin.

It’s Lovely To See You

We don’t always need to say “hello” or “hi.” Though they’re useful greeting words, sometimes we can make an enthusiastic comment like “it’s lovely to see you” to see that their greeting and presence are valued.

“It’s lovely to see you” is a great way to introduce a conversation with the person that greeted you. Typically, they’ll be flattered that you are happy to see them, and they’ll be more inclined to continue the conversation after the initial greeting.

There are plenty of other ways to use enthusiastic comments to greet somebody. We included this example because we thought it would be a useful way for you to learn more ways than just simply saying “hello” or “hi.”

Here’s how we could use it:

  • Hey, Bart.
  • It’s lovely to see you again, Lisa.
  • Hi, Sam!
  • Hi! It’s lovely to see you again!
  • Hello!
  • It’s lovely to see you again, Melissa! I hope you’re well.

You Alright?

Finally, we thought we’d cover a slightly more informal and casual alternative. Interestingly, “you alright” as a greeting is much more common in British and Australian English (it’s barely recognized as a greeting in American English).

“You alright” is a slang phrase used mostly in British or Australian English. It works in a similar way to asking somebody “how are you” as a greeting. However, a response is never directly expected from the person asking.

The phrase “you alright?” is more synonymous with “hello” rather than “how are you.” While it is a question, anyone who says it doesn’t often expect someone to respond with how they are.

Here’s how it works:

  • Hey, Martin.
  • Hey! You alright?
  • You alright, Steven?
  • Yes, thanks. You alright, Matt?
  • Hello, there!
  • You alright?

What Does “Hey Yourself” Mean?

Now that we’ve seen some of the best alternatives to the original phrase, it’s time to look at its meaning.

“Hey yourself” is a way to say “hello” back to somebody who has just greeted you. The “yourself” portion of the phrase throws the greeting back toward the person who initially spoke to you, and it’s a good and quick way to respond without having to think too much.

Many people will use “hey yourself” when they’re happy to talk to somebody new and greet them. There isn’t anything inherently wrong or rude about the phrase, and “hey” is just an informal synonym for “hello.”

Here’s how it works:

  • Hey, Michael!
  • Hey yourself, Joe!
  • Hey, Tom!
  • Hey yourself! How are you?

As you can see, if someone else says “hey” first, there’s no reason not to use “hey yourself.”

Is “Hey Yourself” Appropriate?

Now, let’s quickly look into whether the phrase is appropriate. After all, that’s the main point of this article.

“Hey yourself” is appropriate for the most part, but it’s informal. Some people don’t like the word “hey” as a greeting (hence the phrase “hay is for horses”). Still, as long as you know the person well and they don’t mind “hey,” you can use it.

The thing with “Hey yourself” is that you can’t actually say it unless someone says “hey” to you first. For example:

  • Hello, Jack.
  • Hey yourself.

This example doesn’t work, and it may be likely that “hey yourself” is inappropriate because the person did not also greet you with “hey.”

However, if they do use “hey:”

  • Hey, mate.
  • Hey yourself!

Then there would be nothing wrong with using it, as they started by greeting you with “Hey.”

It almost always depends on the person you are speaking to that will determine whether it’s appropriate or not.

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