How's it going? vs. Where are you going?

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How's it going? vs. Where are you going?

Post by James Trotta »

When I'm walking around and see one of my students, I usually say "Hi, how's it going?" I expect an answer like "Good, you?" but my students usually tell me where they are going.

Notice the difference:

A: How's it going?
B: Fiine.

A: Where are you going?
B: The library.

By the way, "How's it going" is a very common greeting. It's kind of like saying "Hi." I usually wouldn't start a conversation with "Where are you going?"

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Wassup?

Post by Jason M. Ham »

A: What's up?
B: Not much.
This simple greeting is usually always followed by the reply you see above. Other replies may include: Not a lot., What's up?(repeated back to the speaker), or a description of the person's current activities--i.e I'm studying, what's it look like? . Accept no substitutions. :lol:

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what & why

Post by LeeBoYoung(23) »

A: What do you have in mind?
B: I plan to take a trip to miami.
A: Why do you want to go there?
B: It's a nice place ina tropical area.

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Post by ZeroIN »

Another common word used in greetings or to capture someone's attention, at least around here, is the word "yo." Here are a few examples:

A: Yo!
B: Oh, hey! I didn't see you there. What're you up to?
A: Not much, yourself?
B: The usual.

A: Yo Alex, what's going on?
B: I'm just picking up a few things for my mom. Nothing much besides that. Yourself?
A: I came to say hi to Alicia.

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