12.10.06

Question

Hi Ed,

I don't understand some greeting sentense as I got from my friend,he is studying at American. Please see the greetings below.

1. What going on?
2. What's up?
3. How you doing?

These are the same mean with How are you?.

Please tell me the true.

See you in class.

Jeab.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Rudolf said...

Hi there,

Yes, they're all rather similar greetings, although of course they don't mean quite the same.

"How are you?" is rather polite and it literally requests how you are. "I'm fine, how are you" is a suitable reply.

"How (are) you doing?" is almost the same but a bit less polite, less formal.

The greetings "what's going on?" and "what's up?" are very similar. They're much less polite than "how are you?" and I'd say they're typically American.

They're also a bit different in focus. "How are you?" is an invitation to make a (brief) comment on how you feel. "What's up?" and "what's going on", however, are a direct invitation to tell a story (maybe even a long story) about what's happening in your life right now.

When you meet somebody in the evening (or after work, or after school), you can also say something like, "Hi, how was your day?", which is a similar invitation to tell a story.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Rudolf for your advice.I believe it has advantage for us.

Jeab.

10:28 AM  

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