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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July 08, 2020


Q: How are you? 
A: I'm fine.


So many English learners say this after someone asks them how they're doing. In fact, I would say at least 90% of English learners answer I'm fine every time someone asks them how they're doing. 


The problem with that is that 0% of native English speakers answer this way. I mean it's possible there's nothing wrong with it maybe sometimes native English speakers would use it. Here are some other ways to say I'm fine: 


1- You could say I'm doing great. Thanks. You? Or Yourself? So when someone asks you how you're doing, it's nice to ask them how they're doing as well. There's a lot of different ways you can ask someone how they're doing, but this is a really common response - I'm doing great, thanks. You? 


2- Another way of saying is I'm alright, thanks. Yourself? 


3- Similarly, I'm doing pretty good. Yourself? 


Now, if you're not doing good, then you can say this, "I'm not doing that great," or you could say, "Ah, things have been better. What about you?"


These two questions are very common as a greeting - 
How are you? or 
How's it going? 


The response is basically the same; you should reply the same to each question. There's just a little difference; when someone asks you how it is going, then you should start with the word it. "It's going pretty good, thanks," or you can just say "pretty good, thanks" you don't need to say that first part if you don't want to. 


But if someone asks you, "How are you?" then you need to start with the word I. "I'm doing pretty good, thanks and you?" or you can just say "pretty good, thanks and you." So you don't need the first part you can just say "pretty good" for both questions, but if you're going to say the first part then there's a little different then you need to say "it's going" because the person's asking "how's it going." 


If they say "how are you," then say, "I'm doing pretty good, thanks," or you can say, "Everything is just hunky-dory." Hunky-dory just means everything's going good, it's going really well, it's going great.


Now another thing that I hear English learners say all the time is "so- so" when they are asked, "How's it going?" Native English speakers never say this, but English learners say this all the time. 


That's all we have for you today everybody and thank you all for reading, let us know in the comments down below what you think could be other things you can say and if you enjoyed this post, don't forget to subscribe to our blog, so that you don't miss out on all of our latest content.

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