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    How's things (going)?

    Hi, there.
    Why not "how're things (going)" but "how's things (going)"?
    Thanks.

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    Re: How's things (going)?

    Plural verb: How are things going?
    Subject-Verb agreement: Things are going well.
    Contraction: How're things going?

    Singular verb: How is things going?
    Subject-Verb agreement: Things is going well.
    Contraction: How's things going? (spoken English)

    Note, when you contract how is to how's, the verb gets lost in the phonetics, so, no verb, no agreement--at least at the phonetic level.

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    Re: How's things (going)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Plural verb: How are things going?
    Subject-Verb agreement: Things are going well.
    Contraction: How're things going?

    Singular verb: How is things going?
    Subject-Verb agreement: Things is going well.
    Contraction: How's things going? (spoken English)

    Note, when you contract how is to how's, the verb gets lost in the phonetics, so, no verb, no agreement--at least at the phonetic level.
    Thanks a million.

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    Re: How's things (going)?

    You're welcome a thousand.

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    Re: How's things (going)?

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Hi, there.
    Why not "how're things (going)" but "how's things (going)"?
    Thanks.
    Hi, how's things? Can I add that, although "How's things?" is technically grammatically incorrect, it is said all the time in everyday spoken English - so much so that natural-born English people will not bat an eyelid if you use this and, in fact, use it all the time themselves. In my office (a London-based firm of professional auditors), I'd estimate that 90% have a preference for the more natural "How's things?" rather than the technically correct "How are things?".

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