How to keep a conversation going when people ask, 'how's it going

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I observe that people from America greet by asking, "Hi, how is it going?". What is the proper response khổng lồ this greeting?



From the sounds of it, you"re doing fine. Typical responses would include:


The "Thank You" may be appended to your response; its use is intended lớn thank the person for asking the question (good manners, etc.).

In general, respond with the same, if there is time. Sometimes the question is simply a formality with little to no expectation of a response (as in passing another person on the street with whom you have no relationship), but otherwise the expectation is to lớn return the question, even though there is a high probablity the response will be positive (e.g., Good, Fine, etc.).

Rarely does one respond or hear the response of "bad" because, unfortunately, the question being asked isn"t really what the other person is interested in. It"s a culturally accepted thing lớn bởi, but it really doesn"t amount to much more than a "Hi" và "Bye".

Variations on the theme include:

How are you?How are you doing?

with similar responses (though "well" will often replace "good").

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answered Jun 16 "11 at 5:48

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Technically, "going good" is incorrect grammar; you should use "going well", so "It is going well" is the proper response.

Shorter forms:

"Very well, thanks""Fine, và you?"
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answered Jun 16 "11 at 15:04

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You are right, that is very comtháng here. The "proper" answer is Fine. or Just fine, thank you.

It is not meant literally, and the questioner usually does not want lớn hear about whatever may be actually troubling you if you are not feeling "fine".

Even knowing this, greetings lượt thích this rather annoy me. I don"t lượt thích lying if I"m not fine (even though you are supposed to) and answering them honestly requires more self-reflection than I should really have khổng lồ go through on the spur of the moment just because I bumped into lớn a casual acquaintance. So, even though it isn"t proper etiquette, I like lớn turn it baông xã around on the questioner và make them have lớn think.

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To that over, I like to lớn use these responses:

Not bad, but the day is young! (used in the morning)Ehh...could be worse. (If I"m alive sầu lớn be talking, this is true).Ehh..been worse. (same).Not bad. You? (counter-move)

The last is a personal favorite, because it turns the question completely baông xã to the questioner. At least half the time they don"t even notice and don"t think to answer.

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