What should I answer for ''What are you up to?''

Discussion in 'English Only' started by xbrinax, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. xbrinax

    xbrinax New Member

    Bulgaria, Bulgarian
    Hi you all.I'm new here...I just wonder what should I say when a friend say ''What are you up?'' or ''what are you up too''... Is the last answer or ...? what is the proper answer and what is that sentense means?
    If you can say me some nice greetings i can say when I meet my friend..
    Thanks in advanse :)
  2. Siberia

    Siberia Senior Member

    UK-Wales - English
    It depends. If it refers to what I'm doing, I might say, "Not a lot" or "just working/watching tv or whatever".
    If it's intended as another way of saying, "how are things?" I'd just say Fine.
  3. Giordano Bruno

    Giordano Bruno Senior Member

    English, England
    it is usually one of those nonsense questions used as a lazy way of starting a conversation. You may generally reply with anything you wish. If someone has given you a specific task, it may be that they are trying to find out how far you have got with it and it would then require a fairly precise answer. By the way, the correct form of the question is "What are you up to?"
  4. Indigo Girl Member

    British Columbia
    Canada, English
    "What are you up to" is a very common and casual (informal) way of saying "What are you doing?" You may also hear people say "What's up?" which has the same implication. Your answer to this should be equally casual, as most people don't expect a long or detailed explanation of what you are doing. Siberia gave some examples. It is not often used in writing but is commonly heard in conversation.
    By the way, advance is spelled with a 'c' not an 's'

    Hope this helps.
    Indigo Girl

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