Alisa Morgunova
"Not much" And "Not bad" One day I was confused of misunderstanding the expression "Not much" in the answer to the question "How are you?". Some people said that it meant "Not bad". Were they right?
Sep 1, 2018 9:35 PM
Answers · 9
Using "not much" to respond to "how are you?" sounds wrong to my ears. I'm guessing they were confusing "how are you?" with "what's up?", where "not much" is the usual response
September 1, 2018
What's up? means "what has happened, is there anything new/interesting?" so the answer is "Not much" (nothing great, important, etc.) How are you? means "how are the things, are they good or bad" so you answer "Not bad"
September 1, 2018
You may have just misheard. "Not much" would only be used if someone asked something like "What have you been up to?" or "What's up?"
September 1, 2018
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