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- American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention, probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (circa 1475) also an exclamation to call attention.
- A friendly, informal, casual greeting said when meeting someone.
- Hi, how are you?
- I just dropped by to say “hi”.
- (friendly informal greeting): hello
- (informal) Simplified spelling variant of high, often hyphenated.
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- Next, set the burner to hi.
hi m (-ri)
- you (singular, familiar)
Despite the many similarities between the modern Catalan hi and the modern French y, it is a matter of debate at what stage the distinction between the two forms occurred. In both the langue d'oc and in Proto-Iberian dialects of vulgar Latin (the two most probable sources of the pronoun in medieval Catalan), ibi became contracted first to vi and then to hi: the transformation in the langue d'oïl, and thence to Middle French, is less clear.
hi (unstressed personal, enclictic -hi)
- represents a place associated with the action described by the verb, unless the place would be introduced by the preposition de
- there (in constructions such as "there is", "there are", etc.: see haver-hi)
- replaces an adverb (or adverbial phrase) describing the manner, instrument or association of an action
- replaces a phrase introduced by any preposition except de (most commonly a or en)
- replaces an indefinite noun or an adjective which is the predicate of a verb other than ésser, esdevenir, estar or semblar
- (Central Catalan) in combination with other object pronouns, the third person singular indirect object pronoun ("to him", "to her", "to it")
- Proclictic contractions
- Enclictic contractions
- When more than one object pronoun is associated with a given verb, hi is alway the last in the group.
- Hi and ho cannot be used together with the same verb, nor can two his be used together.
- It is sometimes stated that hi is never used to replace a compliment beginning with de. This is not completely accurate, as hi can replace adverbial phrases such as de pressa, de sobte, etc.
- She (third-person feminine singular personal pronoun).
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