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    #1

    How goes it?

    Hello,

    May I say, "how goes it?" instead of "how is it going?"

    Thank you very much.
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    #2

    Re: How goes it?

    It's not typically used in AmE for casual greetings.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: How goes it?

    It's occasionally used in BrE but only if the speaker is trying, for some reason, to sound very old-fashioned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How goes it?

    Huh. I think I say things like, "Hey, John! How goes it?" fairly frequently.

    I'm more likely to use it if I know someone has been engaged in a task for a while.
    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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    #5

    Re: How goes it?

    As Barb says, "how goes it?" is used sometimes, but it isn't a synonym for "how is it going?" It's used to ask how a task is progressing.
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    #6

    Re: How goes it?

    This speaker of BrE uses it. For me, both 'How goes it?' and 'How's it going?' can be used to ask how a task is progressing.

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    #7

    Re: How goes it?

    As a native speaker of BrE, I sometimes use it to mean How's it going? Often in text messages.

    However, Johnyxxx, it's probably not a good idea to use it if you are not a native speaker.

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    #8

    Re: How goes it?

    In AusE, "How's it going? / How's things?" means "How's life going for you?" It doesn't refer to any specific task.

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