When, where, how, why, what, could you tell me, can you tell me, do you know, isn't it, didn't they, etc. Discuss Wh questions, indirect questions, and tag questions.
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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?
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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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?
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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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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:
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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