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    the correct answer to 'How are you?' in greetings

    Hello,
    I'm a bit puzzled with the following. Not once have I been greeted by the hotel staff with the phrase 'How are you?' at the entrance door of the hotel or cafe. Naturally they don't mean that they are interested in my affairs, moral or physical state, and use this phrase simply as a greeting, analogue for 'How do you do?' What is the natural way to answer them?
    a) Fine, thanks. And you? (though I don't want in the least to know anything about them and see them for the first and possibly last time in my life);
    b) How are you? (instead of Hello);
    c) Hello / Good evening (though the two phrases coming one after another don't make up any dialogical sequence).
    There must be more ways, and perhaps none of those above sound as a right answer in the given situation, so I'll be extremely grateful for your help and advice. Thanks in advance.

    Last edited by tyrp; 27-Aug-2014 at 15:46. Reason: added bold type

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    #2

    Re: the correct answer to 'How are you?' in greetings

    The replies you already know to these banal greetings are just fine.

    There's no need to beat your brains to think of something different to say.

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    Re: the correct answer to 'How are you?' in greetings

    Thanks a million!

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    Re: the correct answer to 'How are you?' in greetings

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.

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    Re: the correct answer to 'How are you?' in greetings

    Note:
    The phrase "Not once have I..." means "I have never..."
    It doesn't mean "More than once I have..."
    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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