How do you do?

AliBadass

Senior Member
persian
In the movie ''The Lincoln Lawyer'' the lawyer is meeting his client's mother and as greeting says: Pleasure to meet you. Client's mother: How do you do? Lawyer: I'm fine, thank you.
Is the answer of ''how do you do'' ''I'm fine''? As far as I know, ''How do you do'' isn't used as a question.
 
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    I don't answer it. I say 'How do you do' in response. Then, again, I only ever say it when I meet someone for the first time and when the occasion is formal enough...
     

    AliBadass

    Senior Member
    persian
    Why does the lawyer say ''I'm fine''? Does ''how do you do'' mean ''how are you''? Or ''nice to meet you''?
     

    ESustad

    Senior Member
    English - (Minnesota)
    It is simply a more formal way of asking "How are you?" upon being introduced for the first time. Sometimes a person says it more as a polite statement than a question.
     

    Fictional

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    People these days commonly say, I'm fine or I'm good. Perhaps it's something that Indians do more than other people, but I'm pretty sure I have heard people reply to the question.
     
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