Hows your day been going answer

One of the most common ways we humans greet each other is by asking Hows it going? We say this no matter how well we know a person, and sometimes it is a safe icebreaker for people

Hows your day been going answer

One of the most common ways we humans greet each other is by asking Hows it going? We say this no matter how well we know a person, and sometimes it is a safe icebreaker for people who are acquaintances rather than close friends.

You might not be aware that there are multiple ways to respond when asked Hows it going? However, this familiar way of greeting someone can be answered in multiple ways.

1. Im (doing) well.

1. I'm (doing) well
1. I'm (doing) well

As of late, this is becoming the most common way to answer Hows it going? Some variations might be I am well or I am well; thank you.

Although people think this sounds like proper English, I am well is actually grammatically incorrect.

Why? Isnt well better than the typical alternative of good? If you go by grammar rules, youll understand why its not.

Well is an adverb. That means that the word follows a verb and it describes a verb. Look at the sentence I am well.

Am is the verb, and it is a linking verb (notice that am does not show action). Nevertheless, many people respond to the question Hows it going? with I am well.

2. (I am) Good.

2.(I am) Good
2.(I am) Good

There are quite a few people who will answer the question Hows it going? with an enthusiastic and succinct Good! You might be surprised to find that this is actually the most formal way to respond to the greeting!

Again, look to grammar rules for the answer. Good is an adjective, which means that it describes a person, place or thing. Note many people leave of the I am before saying good.

The word good is describing the subject, which is I (the speaker). The speaker is a person, so grammatical rules are being followed correctly.

Although many educated people might second guess your answer, I am good is the most formal way to answer Hows it going?

3. Fine.

3.Fine
3.Fine

Fine can mean many things. The dictionary tells us that fine can mean of high quality. A more informal meaning is very well or satisfactory.

The connotation of fine is often good, but could be better. When responding to Hows it going? with Fine, one might provide this answer because he or she doesnt want to go into detail regarding how a day is playing out.

This is a fairly common, informal way to respond to Hows it going?

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4. Okay.

4.Okay
4.Okay

Much like the response of fine, replying okay when asked how things are going is often way of politely responding without giving much detail regarding the actual events of the day.

Some variations of this response include Its okay or Im okay.

You might also add Hows it going for you? This can assist you if you want to get past the initial greeting and shy away from any real details of the day.

5. Just fine, thank you.

5.Just fine, thank you
5.Just fine, thank you

This is a grammatically correct and polite way to respond to Hows it going? You might use this response when you want to make an impression, such as when at a job interview or meeting your childs teacher.

It is succinct, respectful, and does not offer unnecessary details.

6. Not great.

6.Not great
6.Not great

This is an informal way to respond to Hows it going? It is also likely not a way you truly want to reply to the question, particularly if you dont know the person posing the question very well.

Remember that the question Hows it going? is basically a greeting. Social norms dictate that we give a short, fairly positive answer.

Unless you know the acquaintance fairly well, youll generally want to avoid the Not great response.

7. Not bad, but the day is young!

7. Not bad, but the day is young!
7. Not bad, but the day is young!

This is a humorous response that should be used before lunch. To respond with a little humor such as this is actually a great icebreaker when making conversation, and it adds a little lightheartedness to the discussion.

You may use this informal response with co-workers, or even when picking up your morning joe at the coffee shop.

8. It could be worse!

8.It could be worse!
8.It could be worse!

Again, this informal way of responding to Hows it going? is somewhat lighthearted, or depending on your personality, could be a tad sarcastic.

You can use this response with a close friend or an acquaintance.

One scenario for this response that comes to mind is a patient in an emergency room upon being greeted by the doctor: Hows it going? I see youre going to need a few stitches. (Patient response) Well, it could be worse!

This response can be used to bring a little humor on a day when things truly are not going very well!

9. Not bad. You?

9.Not bad. You
9.Not bad. You

This is a way of politely responding to Hows it going? without giving too many details about your day, and it puts the onus for carrying on a conversation back on the original speaker.

You might use this informal response when you dont know the speaker well, or if you want to be polite but simply dont feel like carrying on much conversation.

10. Im blessed!

10.I'm blessed!
10.I'm blessed!

Although youll probably hear this response in the South more than any other locale in the United States, one unique  and formal  way to respond to Hows it going? is to say Im blessed!

This is a positive response, and it typically prompts more conversation.

Final thoughts

Final thoughts
Final thoughts

As you can see, there are many ways to respond to the question Hows it going? Some are grammatically correct and formal in structure; others are very informal (and even horrible usage of grammar!)

Keep in mind  most times when people ask Hows it going? they are simply greeting you.

Keep your answers short and sweet; you might even try a little humor in your response!

Marcel Iseli
Marcel Iseli

Marcel Iseli

Hey fellow Linguaholics! Its me, Marcel. I am the proud owner of linguaholic.com. Languages have always been my passion and I have studied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and Sinology at the University of Zurich. It is my utmost pleasure to share with all of you guys what I know about languages and linguistics in general.

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