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* 3 Asking How Somebody Is

 

3.1   When you ask how somebody is in general

 

How are you doing?   Listen   < – “I’m doing all right.”>

How are you today?   Listen   < – “Not too good. I’m still sick.”>

How’s the world been treating you?   Listen   < – “Outstanding! I couldn’t ask for more.”>

Are you doing OK?   Listen   < – “I have nothing to complain about.”>

Are you OK?   Listen   < – “I’m great.”>

How are you feeling?   Listen   < – “I’m fine.”>

How do you feel?   Listen   < – “Pretty good, thank you. What about you?”>

How’s my boy?   Listen   < – “I’m OK, dad.”>

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3.2   When you ask how things are going

 

How’re things?   Listen   A “How are your circumstances?”   < – “Things are getting tough. But I’ll survive.”>

How’re things going?   Listen   < – “Fine. How are things with you?”>

How’re things with you?   Listen   < – “Things are great!”>

How’s every little thing?   Listen   < – “Could be better.”>

How’s everything going?   Listen   < – “I’ve been keeping out of trouble. How about you?”>

How’re you getting on?   Listen   A “How are you managing?”   < – “Wonderful! I couldn’t be better.”>

Is everything OK?   Listen   A “Are your circumstances OK?”   < – “Everything is pretty good.”>

What have you been doing lately?   Listen   < – “Not too much. Just taking care of business.”>

What have you been up to?   Listen   < – “I’ve been up to no good. And you?”>

How’s life?   Listen   < – “Life is good. How’s yours?”>

How’s business?   Listen   < – “Business is OK.”>

How’s work?   Listen   < – “Just fine. And yours?”>

How’s the family?   Listen   < – “They are fine. How’s yours?”>

How’s the wife?   Listen   < – “She’s doing all right. And yours?”>

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3.3   When you ask about recent developments

 

What’s new?   Listen   A “What are new developments in the situation?”   < – “Not too much. Things are fine. What’s new with you?”>

What’s the news?   Listen   < – “Nothing.” – “Well, no news is good news.”>

What’s happening?   Listen   < – “Nothing important is going on around here.”>

What’s up?   Listen   < – “Nothing really.”>

What’s cooking?   Listen   A “What is happening?”   < – “Nothing much. Everything is ordinary.”>

What’s the deal?   Listen   < – “We are working in the garden, that’s it.”>

What’s the scoop?   Listen   A “What’s the news?”   <“Have you heard the latest about Kelly and Chris?” – “No. What’s the scoop?” – “They are getting married.”>

What’s going on around here?   Listen   < – “Not much.” – “Then what’s that racket?” – “Oh, our teenage son brought home a group of his friends. They are having fun.”>

Is anything going on?   Listen   A “Is there anything noticeable happening here?”   < – “No. Business as usual.”>

What else is new?   Listen   A “What you have told me is not news, so tell me something really new.”   <“Summer has come.” – “What else is new?”>

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3.4   When you are healthy and doing well

 

I’m doing just fine.   Listen   A “My health is good and things are great.”   <“How are you doing?” – “I’m doing just fine.” – “That’s great!”>

I’m doing fine.   Listen   <“How are you today?” – “I’m doing fine.”>

I’m just fine.   Listen   <“How are you?” – “I’m just fine.”>

I’m fine.   Listen   <“Are you OK?” – “I’m fine.”>

I’m doing OK.   Listen   A “My health is good and/or things are great.”   <“How are you doing?” – “I’m doing OK, thanks.”>

I’m OK.   Listen   <“How are you?” – “I’m OK, thanks. What about you?”>

I’m doing well.   Listen   <“How are you doing?” – “I’m doing well.”>

I’m well.   Listen   <“How are you?” – “I’m well. How about you?”>

I’m good.   Listen   < “Are you doing better today?” – “I’m good.”>

I’m great.   Listen   <“How are you feeling?” – “I’m great.”>

Outstanding!   Listen   <“How’s life? – “Outstanding!”>

Wonderful!   Listen   <“How’s work?” – “ Wonderful!”>

Awesome!   Listen   <“How’s business?” – “Awesome!”>

Terrific!   Listen   <“How’s everything?” – “Terrific!”>

I can’t complain.   Listen   A “Everything is fine.”   <“I hope everything is OK with your new job.” – “I can’t complain. The pay is good and the hours aren’t long.”>

I have nothing to complain about.   Listen   <“Are you happy with your life?” – “I have nothing to complain about. Life’s been good to me.”>

I couldn’t ask for more.   Listen   <“Are you doing OK?” – “I couldn’t ask for more.”>

I’ve been keeping out of trouble.   Listen   <“How have you been?” – “I’ve been keeping out of trouble.”>

I’ve never been better.   Listen   <“How are you?” – “I’ve never been better.”>

I couldn’t be better.   Listen   <“How do you feel?” – “I couldn’t be better.”>

Things couldn’t be better.   Listen   <“How’s everything going?” – “Things couldn’t be better.”>

Everything’s coming up roses.   Listen   A “Everything is splendid.”   <“How’s every little thing?” – “Everything’s coming up roses. Life is great.”>

I’m sitting pretty.   Listen   A “The situation I am in continues to be favorable to me.”   <“How are you doing financially?” – “I’m sitting pretty. I have a job and some savings. My income exceeds my expenses.”>

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3.5   When you are generally doing well

 

Pretty good.   Listen   <“How’s life?” – “Pretty good.” – “I’m glad to hear that.”>

I’m getting by.   Listen   A “I am surviving but things could be better.”   <“How is it going?” – “I’m getting by.”>

I’m just getting by.   Listen   <“How’s life?” – “I’m just getting by.”>

I’ve been getting by.   Listen   <“How have you been?” – “I’ve been getting by.”>

Could be worse.   Listen   A “My situation isn’t as bad as it might be.”   <“How’s business?” – “Could be worse.”>

Things could be worse.   Listen   <“How’re things?” – “Things could be worse.”>

Same as always.   Listen   <“How’s work?” – “Same as always.”>

Same as usual.   Listen   <“How has it been?” – “Same as usual.”>

So-so.   Listen   A “I am doing satisfactorily, not too good, but not too bad either.”   <“How has the world been treating you?” – “So-so.”>

Plugging along.   Listen   <“How are you today?” – “Plugging along. And you?”>

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3.6   When you are not doing well

 

Not good.   Listen   <“How are you doing?” – “Not good. I got sick and they fired me.” – “Don’t worry. Things will get better.”>

Not so good.   Listen   <“How are you?” – “Not so good. I have health problems.”>

Not too good.   Listen   <“How are you feeling?” – “Not too good. I’ve got a headache.”>

Not well.   Listen   <“How are you today?” – “Not well. I have a cold.”>

Not so well.   Listen   <“How’re things with you?” – “Not so well. I have financial problems.”>

Not too well.   Listen   <“How has the world been treating you?” – “Not too well. I have problems at work.”>

Not great.   Listen   <“How do you feel?” – “Not great. I need a rest.”>

Not so great.   Listen   <“How have you been?” – “Not so great. Life is a struggle, you know.” – “Oh, don’t say it.”>

Could be better.   Listen   A “My situation isn’t as good as it might be.”   <“How’s life?” – “Could be better. I’ve been unemployed for a few months.”>

Things could be better.   Listen   (used with could or might)   <“How’re things?” – “Things could be better. It’s very hard to make money these days.”>

Things haven’t been easy.   Listen   <“How have you been? I heard you had lost your job.” – “Things haven’t been easy. But I have survived.”>

I’ve seen better days.   Listen   A “Things have been difficult recently. It was better in the past.”   <“How’s your business?” – “I’ve seen better days. Activity is down.”>

I’ve had better days.   Listen   <“How’re you getting on?” – “I’ve had better days. One thing leads to another, you know.”>

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3.7   When you have been busy

 

I’ve been busy.   Listen   <“How’s everything?” – “I’ve been busy.” – “That’s good.”>

I’ve been keeping busy.   Listen   <“How have you been?” – “I’ve been keeping busy.”>

I’ve been keeping myself busy.   Listen   <“What have you been doing?” – “I’ve been keeping myself busy.”>

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