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French uses complex word arrangements to say "best regards" and "yours sincerely" to finish well written letters, i.e.:

Nous vous prions d’agréer, Monsieur, l’expression de nos sentiments respectueux et dévoués.

We beseech you to agree, Sir, the expression of our respectful and dedicated sentiments.

  • Can you please give examples of other languages that use complex phrases as standard?

  • Can you explain why a language type would shy from brevity? (I am bilingual so I understand from daily use, although you can surprise me!)

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    This question is likely to be closed as "too broad" because "Can you please give examples of other languages that use complex phrases as standard?" is an open-ended question. How many example languages would satisfy the question - one, ten, a hundred? I'd venture to say that all languages have politeness forms that don't maximize brevity. – Mark Beadles Jun 10 '19 at 15:42
  • Isn't it Indonesian or Javanese that have entirely stratified sociolects of politeness, so much that it's not just idioms but entire vocabularies that change? – Mitch Mar 6 at 20:38

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