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just to reiterate, say someone tells you "hey I saw jack & jil yesterday and they said hi to (saluted) you and said very nice things about you".

Question 1: I want to thank this person for telling me that. what is the common way to reply to this?
Would this be too formal or maybe even incorrect: "thanks for extending their salutation to me".

Question 2: what would be the right situation to use each of these "they said hi" and "they saluted you".

thanks in advance
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Hi,

just to reiterate, say someone tells you "hey I saw jack & jil yesterday and they said hi to (saluted) you and said very nice things about you". You need capital letters here.

Question 1: I want to thank this person for telling me that. what is the common way to reply to this?

Would this be too formal or maybe even incorrect: "thanks for extending their salutation to me".

'Salutation' is a very formal word. Your whole sentence would sound comical to a native speaker.Emotion: big smile

In everyday speech, I'd simply say 'Thanks' or 'Thanks for letting me know'.

Question 2: what would be the right situation to use each of these

"they said hi" In everyday informal speech in N. America

and "they saluted you". Never.

Best wishes, Clive
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thanks Clive. now I got the proper replies for everyday informal speech. what if it is really a formal situation?
Hi,

This is rather more formal.

A. "I saw Jack and Jill yesterday. They asked me to give you their best wishes, and complimented you."

B. "Thank you for telling me. That was nice of them."

Clive
that clraed all my doubts about this topic, thanks again Clive [Y]
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