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A: Alessandra, let me introduce you to my colleague, Simon Hastings.
B: How do you do? Pleased to meet you.
C: How do you do?

What does "How do you do" mean in this context?
What is the phrase "Plased to meet you" for? I thought How do you do? was used instead Nice/Pleased to meet you.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Marius Hancu,

At least we know what polite behaviour is like thanks to your post...

This whole "how do you do"-thing seems a bit nonsensical to me, though. Or what do you think of the dialogue below?

The Ambassador is about to present his credentials to The Queen.

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II addressing his Excellency the Ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom: Your Excellency, how do you do?

His Excellency addressing H.M. Queen Elizabeth II: Your Majesty, how do you do?
I think that How do you do? are only empty words. Its only a part of courtesy. That's why it's so difficult to explain. Thank you both very much for your replies.

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. 'How do you do?' is very formal and quite old fashioned and you won't often be greeted with it. Or perhaps I don't mix in sufficiently 'posh' circles Emotion: big smile. Anyway, if anyone ever says it to you, just reply 'How do you do?'.
Hi nona the brit,

You wrote:
'How do you do?' is very formal and quite old fashioned and you won't often be greeted with it. Or perhaps I don't mix in sufficiently 'posh' circles
Do you think H.M. The Queen uses 'how do you do'?
for every one who says that :
if someone says " how do you do ? " your answer should be " mmm how do you do ?"
in my opinion it is not acceptable among people to reply someone's question with a question

as for me if someone says to me
" what's your name ?"
i will answer his \her question , so my replay won't be : " where do u live ?"
that's my opinion
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Hi,

in my opinion it is not acceptable among people to reply someone's question with a question There's some truth in that, although it's not always true.

However, 'How do you do?' is not a question to which we really expect an answer. The standard response is 'How do you do?' These are really just greetings, like the less formal 'Hello'.

Best wishes, Clive
I imagine the Queen does say it, yes. Considering that she once greeted her very young son after a long absense with a handshake, I don't think she does informal. I can ask someone who would know though if you are that interested - my best friend's dad used to work at Buckingham Palace and my friend has met the queen at a staff ball.

For those with doubts about how to answer it, please remember that it is not a genuine question, it is a formalised greeting exchange and it is a matter of ettiquette to just repeat the phrase back to them.
Hi Nona the Brit,

You wrote:
I can ask someone who would know though if you are that interested
Yes, it would be very nice if you could do it. I'm looking forward eagerly to your reply.
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