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    Hello! How are you?

    A very common question... but I'm not sure how to answer properly:

    1. "I'm fine, thank you! And you?"

    2. "I'm fine, thank you! And yourself?"

    3. "I'm fine, thank you! How about you?"

    4. "I'm fine, thank you! How are you?"


    To be honest I use these 4 responses alternatively. Which one(s) is (are) correct?

    Someone told me it was the 4th anwser, but it sounds stange to my ears to repeat the same question like a retarded person (no offense:))...

    Thank you

    Guillaume

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Any of those are fine.

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Personally, I like to respond with "What's the haps?"

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by paysage57 View Post
    A very common question... but I'm not sure how to answer properly:

    1. "I'm fine, thank you! And you?"

    2. "I'm fine, thank you! And yourself?"

    3. "I'm fine, thank you! How about you?"

    4. "I'm fine, thank you! How are you?"


    To be honest I use these 4 responses alternatively. Which one(s) is (are) correct?

    Someone told me it was the 4th anwser, but it sounds stange to my ears to repeat the same question like a retarded person (no offense:))...

    Thank you

    Guillaume
    You will hear any of your examples in AmE. I would usually use #1.


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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Personally, I like to respond with "What's the haps?"
    I have never heard that one. But as a greeting, both as a question and as response, I might hear "What's happening?" OR more frequently here in NE U.S. "How ya doin?"


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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    more frequently here in NE U.S. "How ya doin?"
    Or "How's it goin'?"

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by paysage57 View Post
    A very common question... but I'm not sure how to answer properly:

    1. "I'm fine, thank you! And you?"

    2. "I'm fine, thank you! And yourself?"

    3. "I'm fine, thank you! How about you?"

    4. "I'm fine, thank you! How are you?"


    To be honest I use these 4 responses alternatively. Which one(s) is (are) correct?

    Someone told me it was the 4th anwser, but it sounds stange to my ears to repeat the same question like a retarded person (no offense:))...

    Thank you

    Guillaume
    There's no right or wrong answer. All four of your suggestions are fine. There is certainly nothing wrong with repeating the question as you did in #4. There are plenty of alternatives.

    Hello. How are you?
    Good thanks. You?
    I'm fine ta. How are you doing?
    I'm all right. You all right?
    I'm OK. How are you?

    I could go on. I won't.

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    "Fine, thanks. You?" is probably my most common response (similar to #2 on ems's list above).

    Note that it doesn't matter if your back is killing you, you just got a $300 vet bill to remove a splinter from your dog's paw, your unemployed brother-in-law just asked if he could stay an additional three weeks on your couch, and you found a positive pregnancy test in your teenage daughter's bathroom. The answer is still "Fine, thanks."
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 19-Mar-2012 at 19:13. Reason: Correct typo
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Fine, thanks. You?" is proably my most common response (similar to #2 on ems's list above).

    Note that it doesn't matter if you're back is killing you, you just got a $300 vet bill to remove a splinter from your dog's paw, your unemployed brother-in-law just asked if he could stay an additional three weeks on your couch, and you found a positive pregnancy test in your teenage daughter's bathroom. The answer is still "Fine, thanks."
    Rare typo from BarbD - underlined above should be "your".

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    Re: Hello! How are you?

    Oh, sadly, I wish it were a rarity... but I rival Jed for these things. I had planned to start with "you're looking at a $300 vet bill... " and then I switched gears. In speech, it would have gone unnoticed...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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