“How are you doing?” appears to be the simplest question one can ask and answer. However, it is the most frequently asked question in English conversations.
It is rather a greeting than a question in English conversation. In fact, it is one of the most popular conversation starters for those who are known to each other as well as among strangers.
There are many different ways in which one can answer this question. Your answer may depend on the person with whom you are conversing, your relationship with them and the situation in which you are in.
Accordingly, you can give a positive answer as well as a negative answer. You can also make your answer sound formal or informal, funny or serious.
Following are a list of different answers from which you can choose the appropriate reply to match with your context of communication.
It’s quite customary that you thank the person for being concerned about you. Further, you can also ask the same question in turn to pay courtesy.
Following may sound much more informal and better to be used among close friends or relatives.
When you answer this question, nobody really expects you to tell exactly how you feel. One may lie rather than saying the truth since the objective of the question itself is to set the background for a friendly discussion. Your answer is expected to create a positive vibe. Hence, at times, you can skip giving an exact answer and ask the same question from the other party.
You always have the option to be very direct and genuine with your answer and come up with a negative reply.
When you give a negative reply, you are usually expected to explain why you say so. All the same you may choose not to be genuine depending on how much time you have to explain things.
You can also give a funny answer.
Whether you give a positive reply or a negative reply, your tone matters. Your tone may suggest the intensity of your feelings.
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