Results 1 to 9 of 9
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 11
    #1

    Talking Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a friend.

    It is common practice to say Howou are you these days instead of HOw are you those days. BUt I am wondering if "those days" is acceptable to a English language native speaker. Thanks for your comments.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #2

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtao View Post
    It is common practice to say "Howou are you?" these days instead of "HOow are you?" those days. It isn't.
    BUut I am wondering if "those days" is acceptable to a English language native speaker. No.
    5

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #3

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Demonstrating the importance of punctuation
    It is common practice to say "How are you these days?" instead of "How are you those days?"

    I agree that it's reasonably common, after greeting someone you have not seen in a long time, to say "How are you these days?" especially if they were (perhaps) going through some difficulty when you last saw them. "Oh, my dog made a full recovery, my son was acquitted of all charges, and my mistress turned out not to be pregnant, so it's all good, thanks."
    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.

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #4

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Demonstrating the importance of punctuation.
    Indeed it is. I genuinely had no idea that the 'these/those days' was meant to be part of the greeting/question.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 902
    #5

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    "How were you those days" is perhaps acceptable if the conversation goes something like:

    A: I was sick for a week, and after that I had to pass a whole bunch of exams.
    B. And how were you those days?

    Meaning "And how was your health during your exams?". But it's a pretty careless usage. In any case, "those days" refers to the past, not the present.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,907
    #6

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    "How were you those days" is perhaps acceptable if the conversation goes something like:

    A: I was sick for a week, and after that I had to pass a whole bunch of exams.
    B. And how were you those days?

    Meaning "And how was your health during your exams?". But it's a pretty careless usage. In any case, "those days" refers to the past, not the present.
    There might be a Canadian English vs British English difference there, but in the situation you suggested, I would say "How were you in those days?" or simply "How were you then?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 902
    #7

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Yes, I did say it would be a careless usage. The thing I really wanted to point out is that "these days" marks the present or the immediate future (the formal "presently", so to speak), while "those days" marks the only the past -- and does not seem natural for the remote future, either.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Israel
      • Current Location:
      • Israel

    • Join Date: Mar 2010
    • Posts: 79
    #8

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    "How were you those days" is perhaps acceptable if the conversation goes something like:

    A: I was sick for a week, and after that I had to pass a whole bunch of exams.
    B. And how were you those days?

    Meaning "And how was your health during your exams?". But it's a pretty careless usage. In any case, "those days" refers to the past, not the present.
    It is more common to say: How are you these days? instead of : How are you those days?

    these days refers to present ,but those days refers to the past.

  5. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #9

    Re: Is it acceptable to say How are you THOSE days? when initiating a letter to a fri

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There might be a Canadian English vs British English difference there, but in the situation you suggested, I would say "How were you in those days?" or simply "How were you then?"
    But a flat prohibition of the words 'those days' doesn't work; we don't want to give the impression that 'those days' is always unnatural-sounding. Sometimes there's not, as in Br Eng, a requirement for 'in'. A history book, for example, could say 'Those days were a testing time for the alliance'.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. Is a double sided formal letter acceptable?
    By delGood in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Mar-2010, 23:43
  2. Please correct my motivation letter! I have only 2 days :(
    By smilingjenia in forum Letter Writing
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-Jan-2010, 23:33
  3. Letter to my friend.
    By poet in forum Letter Writing
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Aug-2008, 20:57
  4. letter to an old Friend
    By FFFLLL in forum Letter Writing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jul-2008, 08:24
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2006, 19:32

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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