How Questions- Simplest Responses

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Questions
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Published: 20th Apr 2020

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Different Kinds of How Questions- Simplest Responses Games

Listen to your teacher say some “How…?” questions and raise one of the two cards you 
have depending on which meaning you think the question has. If you are not sure, think 
about whether the basic answer will probably be 
“Absolutely/ Very/ So/ Not so”, e.g. 
“Absolutely fabulous” or “Not so good”, or if it will be something meaning “By…”, e.g. “(By) 
push(ing) this button” or “(By) train”

Label the sections below with “R” for “ranking” or “W” for “way”

How are you?
How’s it going?/ How are things?/ How’s life?/ How are you doing?

How can I change the temperature?
How do I switch this off?
How is this controlled?

How was your (long/ three-day) weekend?
How has your week/ day/ trip/ visit/ stay been (so far)?
How have you been (since we last met)?

How’s work?
How’s business?

How did you solve it?
How can I improve…?

How was your (summer/ Xmas/ New Year/ Easter/ bank) holiday/ vacation?
How was your flight?

How did you get here today?
How did you travel?

How was your journey?
How was your trip?

How can I get to…?
How can I get from London to Manchester without spending too much?

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How’s the weather (there) in… (now)?
How’s… going? (e.g. How’s your project going?)

You said that you were going to… How was it?/ How did it go?
I heard that you… How was it?/ How was the weather?/ How did you get on?/ How…?

How are you getting on with…?
How was your evening?

How’s your hotel?
How’s the weather outside now?

How’s John?
How’s your family?

How do you know Sally?
How did you know?
How did you guess?

How was your lunch?
How’s your meal?/ How’s the steak?/ How’s the…?

How was the traffic (coming from…/ this morning/ on… road)?
How was England?

How are you coping with…?
How’s your leg (recovering)?
How’s your cold?

How did you break your leg?
How did you lose it?

How did… go?
How did you get on with…?

How are you planning to…?
How should I respond?

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Suggested answers
The ones in bold below are “(in what) way” questions. 

How are you?
How’s it going?/ How are things?/ How’s life?/ How are you doing?

- How can I change the temperature?
- How do I switch this off?
- How is this controlled?

How was your (long/ three-day) weekend?
How has your week/ day/ trip/ visit/ stay been (so far)?
How have you been (since we last met)?
-
How’s work?
How’s business?

- How did you solve it?
- How can I improve…?

How was your (summer/ Xmas/ New Year/ Easter/ bank) holiday/ vacation?
How was your flight?

- How did you get here today?
- How did you travel?

How was your journey?
How was your trip?

- How can I get to…?
- How can I get from London to Manchester without spending too much?

How’s the weather (there) in… (now)?
How’s… going? (e.g. How’s your project going?)

You said that you were going to… How was it?/ How did it go?
I heard that you… How was it?/ How was the weather?/ How did you get on?/ How…?

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

How are you getting on with…?
How was your evening?

How’s your hotel?
How’s the weather outside now?

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

How’s John?
How’s your family?

- How do you know Sally?
- How did you know?
- How did you guess?

How was your lunch?
How’s your meal?/ How’s the steak?/ How’s the…?

How was the traffic (coming from…/ this morning/ on… road)?
How was England?

How are you coping with…?
How’s your leg (recovering)?
How’s your cold?

- How did you break your leg?
- How did you lose it?

How did… go?
How did you get on with…?

- How are you planning to…?
- How should I respond?

Test each other in pairs:
Play the same holding up cards game
Read out a ranking phrase and a what way phrase and see if your partner can say 

which is which

Choose one of the categories and see if your partner can spot the one question which 

you read out which doesn’t match that category

Choose one of the two categories and help your partner make suitable questions

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Cards to hold up

Good or bad/

Ranking

(In what)

way

Good or bad/

Ranking

(In what)

way

Good or bad/

Ranking

(In what)

way

Good or bad/

Ranking

(In what)

way

Good or bad/

Ranking

(In what)

way

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

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