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    #1

    Are you fine?

    I have already known:
    A : How are you?
    B : Fine. Thank you.
    But I heard the following sentence from a foreigner:
    Are you fine?
    I replied:
    Fine. Thank you.
    "Are you fine?" sounds right to a native speaker?
    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Are you fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    I have already known:
    A : How are you?
    B : Fine. Thank you.
    But I heard the following sentence from a foreinger:
    Are you fine?
    I replied:
    Fine. Thank you.
    "Are you fine?" sounds right to a native speaker?
    Thank you in advance.
    I suppose that it depends on the context, but "How are you?" is more usual.


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    Re: Are you fine?

    It is most odd if this was a greeting.
    If a person has been ill, then another person might specifically ask, "How are you? Are you fine now?" - meaning, fully over/recuperated from the illness.

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    Re: Are you fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I suppose that it depends on the context, but "How are you?" is more usual.
    In which context can I use that?

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    #5

    Re: Are you fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    In which context can I use that?
    As DavidL has suggested.


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    Re: Are you fine?

    If you haven't seen a person for a while, you might greet them, saying,
    "Hello! How are you?!"

    This means = hello, - (we both realize that it has been a while since we have seen each other, and a lot can happen over that time) so:, 'are you keeping well? everything in your life going OK?' (Yes, it 'means' ALL of that.)

    If I was a foreigner in a country, being introduced to a local (in a casual/informal situation), I would say:
    "Hello. Nice to meet you." This is the same as I would say in England.

    In England, in formal situations, when being introduced, the correct greeting is, "How do you do.(?)"
    Please don't ask me to explain that one - when we think about this and what we are saying, it sounds rather ridiculous these days.
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    Re: Are you fine?

    Chances are the foreigner is from one of the Asian countries who is not very proficient in English.

    'Are you fine/good' is a literal translation from the greeting in Chinese/Mandarin 'ni hau ma?' or Malay/Indonesian 'Ada baik?' It's common for people to think and translate directly from their native language to English.

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    Re: Are you fine?

    Chances are the foreigner is from one of the Asian countries who is not very proficient in English.

    What actually comes out of anyone's mouth who isn't a native speaker is going to be some attempt at transforming the few words he does know into a literal translation from their own language.
    I took it to mean that whitemoon was quoting from a foreigner (=native English speaker; and 'foreigner' indicating from one of the foreign-to-him countries where English is spoken - that is, this person spoke English, but could have been British, American, or a Kiwi...he just didn't know the specific nationality.
    Last edited by David L.; 13-Aug-2008 at 13:50.

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    #9

    Re: Are you fine?

    No, a native English speaker wouldn't have said that. That should be someone who uses English as a second language, very likely an Asian.
    As a foreigner from another country in Asia, it's not that you have a choice of language to use in Myanmar(Burma) where Burmese is the main language and English is used to a lesser extent.

    There's a tendency for people who are less proficient in English to do transliteration from their native language, something which is also noticeable from some of the posts in this forum.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 13-Aug-2008 at 15:03.

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    Re: Are you fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    No, a native English speaker wouldn't have said that. That should be someone who uses English as a second language, very likely an Asian.
    As a foreigner from another country in Asia, it's not that you have a choice of language to use in Myanmar(Burma) where Burmese is the main language and English is used to a lesser extent.

    There's a tendency for people who are less proficient in English to do transliteration from their native language, something which is also noticeable from some of the posts in this forum.
    Having lived in India I recognise this kind of speech, this is one reason why I said that it depends on the context.

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