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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    I am very well.

    How are you?
    I am very well.
    Do we need very in such a situation?

  2. 5jj's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: I am very well.

    No, but we usually use it.

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    #3

    Re: I am very well.

    It is a standard form with essentially no meaning.

    Just as in Arabic "Salaam aleikum" is almost always followed by "A waleikum a salaam", so "very well" is the usual response. Note that it is a mere formality. Even if I was quite ill I would probably answer "very well", unless the other person was a very close family member or friend and I wished to describe my illness.

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    #4

    Re: I am very well.

    I have not infrequently had to explain to learners that, in normal contexts, a native speaker asking 'How are you?' is not at all interested in knowing the state of the other person's health. Indeed, a detailed response will be considered strange.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Mar-2014 at 20:42. Reason: minor typo

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