When we meet somebody we know it’s polite to ask a question or two about their health and their life. There are many different phrases in English for doing this. Here are ten of them.
- How are you?
Phrase 1 is quite known and the best-known phrase but English people don’t use it every time so it’s useful to learn.
- How are things?
Phrase 2 is a general inquiry about the other person’s health and life. Your answer could be about your health, your work or your personal life.
- How’s things?
Phrase 3 is similar to phrase 2 but the ‘incorrect’ grammar makes it much more informal. We use this phrase with our friends in normal conversion.
- How’s it going?
Phrases 4 is asking about the other person’s life (work or personal life). We use this expression with our friends and colleague for asking their general day to day life.
- How are you getting on?
Expression 5 is just like phrases 4. It’s a general way to ask someone about their personal or professional life.
- How have you been?
Phrase 6 is really asking about health but the other person may answer with general information about their life. It’s a common way to ask someone about their health we use this phrase with people to whom we meet in regular interval.
- What have you been (getting) up to?
Phrase 7 is really asking about what kind of activities the other person has been doing recently. It more often refers to their home life, not work.
- I hope everything’s okay?
Phrases 8 is asking about health and life with a yes / no question. It’s an informal way to ask someone about their health.
Very commonly known phrases to ask someone about their health. This is the more informal way then phrase then 8.
- How have you been keeping?
Phrase 10 is more formal but still sincere and friendly and is asking about the other person’s health.
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