24/06/16 Expressions: Asking About Health


When we meet people we know, we often ask politely about their health or their general situation.
How are you?
How are things? / How’s things?
(very informal)
How’s it going? (informal)
How (are) you doing? (especially American)

Formal answers:
Fine/ Great, thanks. Not too bad.  OK.
So-so. (NOT So and so.)               All right.         (It) could be worse.

British people do not usually ask How are you? when they are introduced to people. And neither British nor American people begin letters to strangers by asking about health.