Greeting - What's going on?

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nasridine

Senior Member
USA
Chinese, China
When people are greeting each other, they say
1 "how are you doing",
2 "how is it going" and
3 "what's going on".
For the first two, we can say "good" as a reply. But how about the third one. It seems to me a little weird to put "good" as the answer. So what's the best answer to this question?
Thank you in advance
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Nothing much"?
    "Not too much"?
    "A whole lot of nothing"?

    That's assuming that there's nothing really going on!

    If there IS something going on, then explain what's going on!
     

    Bonjules

    Senior Member
    German
    Nasdirine,
    As far as #3, I'd go with Joelline: "Not much", or 'nothing much'
    It can be very confusing for the newcomer in the US when asked in
    The supermarket checkout "How are you today"?
    When you start explaining the details....well...soon you realize that maybe the person really didn't want to know all that much....
    saludos
     

    ColorsFillTheSky

    Member
    English, USA
    Unless the person is your friend and asks,"What's going on?" because they actually care, always keep the answer fairly short and impersonal.
    Saying, "Not much, how about yourself?" Is usually a good reply.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    nasridine said:
    When people are greeting each other, they say
    1 "how are you doing",
    2 "how is it going" and
    3 "what's going on".
    For the first two, we can say "good" as a reply. But how about the third one. It seems to me a little weird to put "good" as the answer. So what's the best answer to this question?
    Thank you in advance
    I would like to point out that the current trend to answer good to (1) and (2) is still considered by many to be ungrammatical; as is I'm good unless meant as a statement of moral rectitude or a claim to superior performance in some area of endeavour.
     

    maxiogee

    Banned
    English
    A: "Hiya Jim, how's it going?"
    B: "Ah, John, going great, how about you?"

    A: "Hiya Jim, how's it going?"
    B: "No complaints John, no complaints."

    A: "Hiya Jim, how's it going?"
    B: "Mighty, John, only mighty!"

    … would all be colloquialisms in Ireland. "How's it going?" is really a general enquiry about how life is treating you, and can be answered in numerous way, positive or negative.

    A: "Hiya Jim, how's it going?"
    B: Awful John, but no-one listens!"
    A: That's grand Jim, are you going for a pint?"
    …John has actually heard what Jim said, but doesn't wish to ask any further about his problems. :)
     
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