Results 1 to 2 of 2

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 31
    • Post Thanks / Like

    another question

    What's the difference between 'how is it going?' and 'how is it coming?'

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,035
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: another question

    The difference is mainly in the attitude of the speaker:

    [to a child making a wooden ship] 'How's it going?' - the speaker is interested in progress, but probably doesn't mind if there hasn't been much/any

    [to a student following a new course] 'How's it going?' - the speaker is interested how the person spoken to feels about progress

    [to a subordinate] 'How's it coming? I need that report by lunchtime.' - the speaker is interested in progress towards a goal that directly affects him/her

    Of course, in actual cases the amount (and balance) of interest may vary. A parent speaking to a toddler of limited artistic value may say 'How's it coming?' as a means of encouraging the child - making him/her think that the completion of the painting matters to the adult; and if it's nearly Someone's bedtime the parent might say 'How's it coming?' with a real interest in its completion.

    That's the way I hear it. Other teachers may feel there's less of a difference than I detect.


Similar Threads

  1. Can we use this tense in a question?
    By riceball72 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Jun-2008, 01:58
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-Nov-2006, 23:38
  3. Question about answer, reply,take care ...
    By JJD in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 25-Aug-2006, 03:24
  4. Types of question
    By Jupiter in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2006, 11:33
  5. Language Question ???
    By j4mes_bond25 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Jul-2006, 08:33


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts