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phoeenixx
what may be the responde of "how do you do" edit: I heard that it is seldom used and means "nice to meet you" and the response should be " how do you do" or nice to meet you. But I have still question marks in my mind. Should I say "nice to meet you" or "Fine, thanks. And you?" as a response?
Feb 12, 2010 4:28 PM
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Mr Phoenix, your source was correct. "How do you do" is a greeting used only when meeting someone for the first time. It is not so rare. In fact, I use it often when meeting people for the first time. Though it is a question literally, it does not function as one. The phrase is simply an established convention. The smoothest response in every case would be, "Nice to meet you." Mr. ___: "How do you do, Mr. Phoenix." Mr. Phoenix: "Nice to meet you, Mr. ___" "How do you do" is not the same as "How are you." Mr. Maxey's answer is absolutely correct for "How are you," but not for "How do you do."
February 13, 2010
Formal: "Fine, thank you. And yourself?" or (less formal) "Fine, thanks. And you?" Very formal: "I'm doing find, thank you. And yourself?" The second response is perfectly acceptable. Very few (if any) English speakers would expect to be completely formal unless you are meeting a head of state.
February 12, 2010
it is supposed to be "how do you do ?".but i think it is seldom used or say in modern days,you may as well "how are you".
February 12, 2010
phoeenixx
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