Replying to a Friendly Greeting

English speakers generally ask people how they are if they haven’t seen them for a while. This is a typical example of an informal greeting between friends.

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Example 2

This is a typical example of an informal greeting between friends. “How’s it going?” is an alternative expression to “Hi! How are you?”

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Example 3

English speakers generally expect a brief, positive reply in greetings. But if you’re unhappy or unwell, this is an example of what you can say to avoid long (or negative) details about your life. Both “Not bad, thanks” and “Can’t complain” can be used in these situations.

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