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    Default Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    Whenever one of my students often say "I'm okay" to respond to my "How are you?"

    I was thinking to myself 'Do i need to correct him or not?"



    Is it usual to say "I'm okay" to "How are you?"

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    Default Re: Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post

    Is it usual to say "I'm okay" to "How are you?"
    It's ungracious and a bit surly.

    'Fine, thanks' or 'I'm OK, thanks' are better responses.

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    Default Re: Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Whenever one of my students often say "I'm okay" to respond to my "How are you?"

    I was thinking to myself 'Do i need to correct him or not?"



    Is it usual to say "I'm okay" to "How are you?"
    Good question. Depends on context as usual, but in AmE if one responds "I'm OK" with the stress on "OK", it is an upbeat/enthusiastic/positive response. On the other hand, if the stress is slightly on the "I'm", it is a less than positive response that suggests something is wrong or bothering the responder.


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    Default Re: Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    I don't see it as "surly" either, though tone of voice would matter more than words.

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    Default Re: Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    I don't understand Bill's explanation.
    I'm okay can mean "not great" or "just fine" but the first meaning doesn't come from stressing the first word. I'd say instead that it's a rising inflection on K that says all is well and a falling K suggests not great.
    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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    Default Re: Is it right to say "I'm Okay" in response to "How are you?"

    Hello.
    Please see this (at 1:06): Learn English - Don't say "I'm fine"! Let's learn native English greetings - YouTube

    It's "Yeah, I'm all right."
    He's saying it with a falling intonation/inflection, isn't he?

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