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    How to reply "How are you?"

    I learned in school that the standard reply to "How are you?" is " I'm fine, thank you."
    However, recently I heard that "I'm fine, thank you." is too an outdated expression and no modern time native English speakers would use it. I would like to know whether the expression is still in use or not. Thank you.

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    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    I can report from another part of the Anglosphere that "I'm fine, thank you/thanks" is very common usage. More informally, "Good, thanks" is often heard. Any of these responses is often followed by "(and) yourself?".

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    Fine, thanks. Howboutyou? (This is pretty common. I ran the words together to show you how they actually sound.)
    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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    #4

    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    I have the impression that most languages have such phatic exchanges.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Aug-2012 at 08:06. Reason: link made more obvious

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    #5

    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I use and hear it quite a bit. I believe that the majority of people in the US still use it.
    . . .also in the UK.

    Ignore whoever told you it was outdated, Jaomarine.

    And welcome to the forums.

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    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Jaomarine:

    I thought that you might be interested in this.

    A few minutes ago, I heard this conversation on an American radio "talk show" (and I immediately remembered this thread):

    A woman caller: How are you?

    The radio show host: Good. What do you want to talk about today?

    *****
    I think that other responses could include:

    I can't complain
    I'm hanging in there
    Not bad
    OK
    Super!
    Never been better


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    #7

    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    "Not bad" is an example to your question

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    #8

    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    Thank you for all the comments and advises. They are very helpful!

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    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    Quote Originally Posted by winnie22 View Post
    "Not bad" is an example of an answer to your question.
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    Re: How to reply "How are you?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaomarine View Post
    Thank you for all the comments and advice. They are very helpful!
    Your thanks are appreciated, Jaomarine, but you don't need to send them in a separate post.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.

    Rover



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