Eddie
Why Americans ask "How are you doing?" all the time? Hi, Are they really want to know the anwser or just say it as greetings?
Feb 2, 2016 5:27 AM
Answers · 9
If you do not know the person, then they are asking in the form of a greeting. You would just give a short response, such as "I'm well, thank you. You?" or "I'm doing okay. You?" etc. If you know the person well, they probably want to know how you really are.
February 2, 2016
It's safest to assume it's being said just as a greeting, especially if you don't know the person very well. It's something most of us say as a friendly social habit, without thinking of the meaning.
February 2, 2016
Possibly both. They might say it as a greeting and expect a short answer, or they might generally want to know how you're doing.
February 2, 2016
Thanks Vitaly!
June 23, 2016
They expect to hear an answer "I'm good, how are you". That's the extent of their interest. It's a sort of culturally-loaded greeting, a fake expression of interest. Never answer in a non-positive way, they will be totally thrown off.
June 23, 2016
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