When you are leaving a dinner party, you want to be sure to say goodbye to everyone! That is not only to let them know that you will be leaving, but also to help people remember you if you have just met them.
If you are greeting many people, however, you should try to add some variety! It would not be very useful if you use the same goodbye for everyone who is still at the party. Instead, you can try out some of these phrases – all of them can be used to announce that you are leaving.
This is the simplest greeting that you can use. If you want to say good night to a large group of people, simply saying good bye can indicate to all of them that you are leaving.
- It is getting late. Good bye!
- I need to go home to check on my kids. Good bye.
See you again soon!
If you really enjoyed talking to someone, you can make plans to see them again. If you do that, you can tell them you will see them again soon.
- Thank you so much for inviting me to this party. See you again soon!
- I want to meet up another time to talk more about this idea that you had about the business. See you again soon!
I am going home.
It sometimes helps to tell people where you are going, especially if you have something that you need to do. Telling others that you need to go home, particularly if you have a family you need to take care of, can allow them to understand. If you are planning to wake up early the next morning, you can also say this.
- Hey, it is almost 11 pm now, so I am going home.
- I am going home in a minute; I just want to finish saying good bye to everyone.
I am heading out.
To head out of somewhere means to leave. This is a very colloquial and slang term, which is perfect if you are with your friends. If you are in a more formal setting, this would not be the best greeting to use.
- It is already midnight? Wow, I need to head out soon.
- I just wanted to let you know that I am heading out, but you can contact me on my cell phone if you need me.
I have to leave now.
Most of the time, you can use this sentence to indicate that you have a prior engagement. You already have plans for something else, so you need to leave. You can, however, use this also to tell someone that you do not have time to stay. This is useful if you do not like the people who are around you and need to find a way to leave quickly.
- Paul just whispered that he has to leave now.
- I have to leave now, but maybe we can continue this conversation later.
I will catch you later.
Another way to say “see you later” is to “catch someone later”. This means that you will meet them again at another time, but you need to leave for now. This is a very informal phrase, so it is appropriate only for people whom you know very well.
- I am not able to stay any longer today, but I will catch you later!
- I can catch you later but right now is not a good time to talk.
I have to dash.
To dash is a very informal way to say that you have to leave. You can think of dashing almost like a sprint, meaning that you try to go very quickly between places. Usually, you would use this when talking about rushing from one place to another because you have a busy schedule. Because it implies that you are quite busy, it is useful to avoid other people if they are trying to ramble or keep you too long.
- Unfortunately, Mr. Stark has to dash today, but perhaps you can make an appointment with him again next time?
- I have a really tight schedule so I have to dash now but send me an update email with all the details later.
I am going to duck out.
To duck out of something means that you try to sneak out, or try to leave without alerting too many people and calling attention to yourself. This could be because you are leaving to do something that you should not be doing or could be rude (ducking out to take a phone call or to smoke). Or, it could be because you do not want to take attention away from what is happening at a certain gathering. For example, you probably would not need to explain to the bride and groom that you are leaving their wedding if they are busy greeting all their guests.
- I need to duck out right now, but please tell the commissioner when he is finished with his speech that I will see him at our meeting next week.
- I just want to let you know I have to duck out now!
I will call it a night.
To call it a night means to end your night. This could either mean that you are leaving a gathering, or that you want everyone else to leave – if they are at your house. It often is useful when you are right about headed to sleep, as it means that you will be unavailable for a while.
- It is getting late, and I am going to call it a night.
- I am planning to wake up pretty early tomorrow so I will call it a night for now.
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