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    At the beginning of conversation, people often say:
    - How are you doing?
    - how's it going?
    - what's going on?
    - what's up?
    - what are you doing now?
    - Are you doing Ok?
    Could you tell me the usage and meaning of these questions?
    What question we often say in formal situation and in formal situation?

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    Re: Greeting

    They are "general pleasantries", with no specific meaning [as a rule], but meant to indicate a positive approach to the other person while not expecting a direct reply to the question.

    Formally you would say "How do you do?"; the examples you have given are all informal.

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