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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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How do you say “How are you”?

In English it is polite to ask How are you? What's up? How do you do? after a greeting. The answer of course is always something like Thanks, I'm fine. Not much Complaints about ...
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How can one say “good morning” in French?

I've usually been told just to say “bonjour” in French when in English one would want to emphasize that it is early and you are greeting them in the morning, and would therefore say “good morning”. ...