Let me ask “How are you?” &“How are you doing?”, What's the difference between the two ?



  • Difference between “How are you?” and “How are you doing?”

    I've heard a lot of times that there is a major difference between saying:

    How are you?
    and
    How are you doing?
    Is that true? I've heard one was like an extension of “Hello” and does not mean anything, so you should not answer it with “Fine, thank you. What about you?” but also with “How are you (doing)?” But I just don't remember which of them means what.



  • how are you is something u ask when u meet someone after a long time or the first time

    and how are you doing is a question that u ask someone who has undergone some calamity in life..like death of a dear one or losing job or smthng bad

    sorry if im wrong


  • Gamers

    They can often both be just used as a greeting, however "How are you?" is primarily just an enquiry as to how someone feels at the present time. "How are you doing?" is from someone who actually has some interest in what is going on in the person's life, and would possibly be curious to hear more than just how they're feeling ie how is work, love, children, goals etc...



  • One Is British so dont take my phrase away



  • @tina said in Difference between “How are you?” and “How are you doing?”:

    Difference between “How are you?” and “How are you doing?”

    Both "How are you?" and "How are you doing?" should generally be taken as a question, to which the reply is often, "Fine, thanks!" or, more formally, "Very well, thank you." However, the whole thing continues to confuse even English people, let alone visitors.


  • Global Moderator

    “How are you?” = Anybody/anytime.
    “How are you doing?” = Personal.



  • @tina Margaret Hello was the name of Alexander Grahambells girlfriend. He setup a telephone in his house and her house. So when the first ever phone call was made the first word that was said and heard was HELLO.


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