Recently, Gabby and I taught you how to answer the question, “How are you?” Today we’re going lớn teach you something similar.
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How Are You? vs. How Have You Been?
Did you notice that I asked “How have sầu you been?” Many students know how to lớn answer the question “How are you?” But they don’t understvà when native speakers ask them “How have you been?” We’ll talk about the difference between “How are you?” và “How have sầu you been?” We’re also going to provide lots of examples and a quiz!
The Pronunciation Can Be Confusing!
When you look at this question on a piece of paper, you see “How have sầu you been?” But when we talk, we actually speak fast và we use contractions. “How have you been?” becomes “How’ve ya been?”
You can also say “How’s he been?” instead of saying “How has he been?”, or “How’ve sầu they been?”. Try to lớn practice this as much as you can. You’re going khổng lồ hear this all the time!
Important Questions to lớn Learn
“How are you?” & “How have sầu you been?” are both very important questions. Why? Because they’re greetings! If you don’t know how to lớn tell somebody how you’re doing, then the conversation can’t really continue. You could answer both questions by saying “Not too bad,” or “So far, so good,” or just “Great!”
So What’s the Difference?
The difference is that “How are you?” is in the present tense. I want to know how you are doing RIGHT NOW.
“How have sầu you been?” is the present perfect tense. It means that I want to lớn know what you’ve sầu been doing since I saw you the last time. I know you, but I haven’t seen you for a while.
Here’s an example. Maybe you have sầu a frikết thúc who has been sick for two weeks, & you haven’t seen hyên. When you see hlặng again, it would be appropriate lớn ask hlặng, “How have sầu you been?”
You could also say “How are you?” using the present tense. But because you care about your friover và you knew he was siông chồng, it would be better to ask “How have you been?” He can respond by saying “Oh, I’ve sầu been great,” or “I’ve sầu been feeling much better.”
Here’s another example. I see Gabby almost every day. When I see her, I don’t ask “How have sầu you been?”, I ask “How are you?” We only ask “How have you been?” if we haven’t seen someone in a week or more.
More Ways to lớn Answer “How Have sầu You Been?”
Are there different ways to answer this question? Sure, there are!
You can use the continuous khung of a verb in your sentence. Just add -ing, and that will make your sentence sound better và give the person more information about how you have sầu been.
More examples, please!
I have sầu been feeling fantastic recently.I have sầu been working a lot.Oh, I have been sleeping a lot lately.I have sầu been studying a lot lately.
A Way to lớn Keep the Conversation Going
Here’s a sample conversation between me & my cousin. I haven’t seen her in a month.
Vanessa: How have sầu you been?Cousin: Oh, I’ve sầu been working a lot.Vanessa: What have sầu you been working on?
This is a really great way lớn keep a conversation going.
Conversations with Gabby và Vanessa
Gabby: Vanessa! It’s been so long! How have sầu you been?Vanessa: I know, Gabby, I haven’t seen you in months. I’ve sầu been traveling a lot lately.Gabby: Lucky you!
Vanessa: Good morning, Dr. Wallace.Gabby (Dr. Wallace): Good morning.
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Vanessa: How’ve ya been? I haven’t seen you since my last yearly checkup.Gabby: I’ve sầu been busy working. You’re my twentieth patient today.
Gabby: Vanessa, I just saw you post a photo with Alyssa và Laura. How’ve sầu they been? I haven’t seen them in ages!Vanessa I haven’t seen them in forever, either. They said they’ve been doing great. They were actually doing some shopping with their brother, Mike.Gabby: Oh, Mike! How’s he been? I haven’t seen hyên ổn in a while, either.Vanessa: He’s also doing really well. He’s been trying lớn purchase a new trang chủ.
Time For a Quiz!
How well vị you underst& what you’ve learned in this English lesson? See if you can answer these six questions:What is a more natural, native way lớn say “How have sầu you been?”
This is about pronunciation. Try saying it out loud lớn yourself a little faster, using a contraction. The answer is “How’ve sầu ya been?”What is a faster, more native way to lớn say “I have been…”?
Instead of “I have sầu been…”, say “I’ve sầu been…” Using contractions will help you sound more native sầu.If I am meeting you for the first time, is it appropriate lớn ask, “How have sầu you been?”
No. Rethành viên, this is a question for people that we already know.When someone asks you,”How’ve you been lately?”, is it correct khổng lồ answer, “I’ve sầu been feel great!”
It’s not correct, but why not?
Rethành viên, with that verb feel we need lớn put -ing at the over. “I’ve been feeling great lately.” “I’ve sầu been working a lot lately.” “I’ve sầu been busy studying these days.”You see your co-workers every day. Is it okay khổng lồ ask them how they’ve sầu been every morning?
I hope you said no! “How have sầu you been?” is for when you want khổng lồ have a conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a while.You return khổng lồ work after a week-long vacation, & you see your co-worker. Can you ask, “How have you been?”
Yes! This would be the perfect time khổng lồ use the present perfect form of the question. You haven’t seen them in a week. They might want lớn have a conversation about your vacation.
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How Did You Do on the Quiz?
Let us know in the comments below. And tell us how you’ve sầu been! We care about you, & we want khổng lồ grow our relationship with you.
If you learned a lot from this post, you might want lớn also read this post about how to lớn answer the question, “How are you?” Thanks for learning English with us! Chechồng out all our new YouTube videos & we’ll see you next time at Go Natural English!
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