Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    English Expressions about greetings

    Hi, I have a question about English expressions about greetings.

    Do native speakers of English often use "how do you do", when

    they meet someone first time?

    My next question is the expression "Not much".

    As response to greeting, "Not much" is too formal?

    Actually, two expressions above are commonly taught to students in Korea.

    But someone told me native speakers of English rarely use those expressions.

    Is that true?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    Yes, people use 'How do you do' when meeting someone, but normally in a failry formal context.

    I wouldn't use 'Not much' as a response to a greeting- can you give me an example of how it is taught?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    Thank you for your answer.
    In Korea, we usually learn this expression ,"Not much" as the same
    expression as" Nothing special", "Nothing new".

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    That's not an appropriate response for 'How do you do?', where the response is n ormally to repeat the phrase. If someone asks, 'What's happening/going on, etc?' then 'Not much' would be fine.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 39
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That's not an appropriate response for 'How do you do?', where the response is normally to repeat the phrase.
    Hi,

    I'm afraid I didn't quite follow you. Wouldn't it be appropriate to reply "I'm fine, thank you. And how about you?"

    Regards,

    Ben

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    No:

    A How do you do?
    B How do you do?

    This is a formulaic question used when meeting someone for the first time, and fairly formal. It is not a question about health, etc.

    C How are you?
    D I'm fine thanks. And how about you?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 39
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    So it's a question that you don't actually answer. You just reciprocate with the same question which conveys a feeling of mutual respect or concern for the other person as well. Is that right?

    Ben

  1. curmudgeon's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 1,657
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: English Expressions about greetings

    You can even reduce it further to 'Fine. And you?

Similar Threads

  1. Help
    By zhangjin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 29-Mar-2008, 20:47
  2. Seminar
    By mallikatweety in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Jun-2006, 12:07
  3. Is it right?
    By Genrikh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Dec-2005, 16:59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •