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    Smile How can I distinguish the usage of expressins in greeting?

    Hi! I'm a student learning English. Sometimes I have trouble using greeting expressions whenever I meet my friends and something.

    Everyday, people say "Hi! How's it going? or How are you? But I've never heard of people saying "how are things. In ESL text books, as a way of opening, people say "How are you?" "How are you doing?" "What's up?" "How's it going?" "How are things?".
    Are they all the same meaning?

    I have memorized all of them but I'm not sure of when I say "How are things?" or "How have you been?" It seems a little awkward for me to say them instead of "How are you?" or "How's it going?"

    Do you guys can help me with what's the differenece between them? If there are no differernces, is it a matter of personal preference?

    In junior high or high school, what kinds of expressions among them boys and girls frequenltly use?

    I hope I want to have deep insight into real usuage just like you. If I get some help, I really really appreciate it. Have a nice day.

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    Smile Re: How can I distinguish the usage of expressins in greeting?

    Hi, It is a good question. And you answered it yourself. It is mostly personal preference...and a bit of culture too.

    For example I say Hey, how's it going? How are things? How are ya? Very commonly. I would use them when I see someone in the street that I know and am pretty good friends with.

    You could also use them over the phone too.

    If someone says "How are you?" They are asking about you specifically..."I'm fine" would be a good responce.

    If someone asks you "How are things?" or How are things going?" they are asking more about your life (work, family, friends, etc). So you might answer... Things are ok...but work is killing me. Or you might say...Not too bad...etc.

    I think the best thing is to choose a couple that you are comfortable with and use those...and forget about the rest. You don't need to have 10 different greetings...people always use the same ones.

    I hope that helps.

    Happy learning!
    Diana
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    Last edited by English-coach; 25-Jan-2009 at 12:26.

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    Re: How can I distinguish the usage of expressins in greeting?

    Thanks for you help, diana. Your excellent explanation encourages me to improve my English.

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    Re: How can I distinguish the usage of expressins in greeting?

    You are more than welcome. That is what I like to do. Motivate people. :) Have a great day!

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