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how are you? | how are you doing?

This page is about the conversational phrase how are you? | how are you doing?.

Meaning: You can use this to greet somebody you already know.

For example:

  • "Hi, how are you?"
    "Great. And you?"

  • "How're you doing, Don?"
    "Laura! How are you? Haven't seen you for ages."

1. Usually used as a general greeting that doesn't require a detailed reply
2. Also "How're you going?" (informal Australian English)

Quick Quiz:

Saying "How are you?" or "How are you doing?" is like saying

a. "What are you doing?"

b. "What's the matter?"

c. "Hi, there."

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Contributor: Matt Errey