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Is it bad to ask how are you?

Is it bad to ask how are you?

“How are you?” These are the three most useless words in the world of communication. The person asking doesn’t really want to know, and the person responding doesn’t tell the truth. But the key to making the most out of small talk, according to Harvard researchers, is to simply ask the other person follow-up questions.

Is how are you doing rude?

How do you do? is very formal and is not used very much, especially by younger people, these days. It may be used on first meeting and accompanied by a formal handshake when both partners issue the same greeting.

What’s a better question than how are you?

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What are some good ways to ask people how they are?

When asking people how they are, the most common questions are “How are you?” and “What’s up?” There’s nothing wrong with these two greetings, but… well… they’re both plain and generic. Thus, I have crafted this list of alternatives to help you sound less boring!

Do you ever ask questions that don’t come naturally?

Asking thought-provocative or sometimes seemingly “absurd” questions often don’t come naturally. It simply needs practice. That’s the reason why I challenged myself to ask all the questions that come into my mind, no matter to whom/what it is, for an entire month. And obviously taking the time to mindfully listen to the answers.

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What’s a polite way of asking who are you on the phone?

What’s a polite way of asking “who are you?” on the phone? Say, you’re working in a company. The phone rings and you pick it up. On the other line, someone wants to speak to one of your co-workers. You want to tell your co-worker who this person is. I think asking “May I know who you are?”

How do you respond when someone asks “how are You?

Now, when someone asks “How are you?” (or “How’s it going?” or “Wassup?”), the classic response is “I’m fine, thanks.” That was, like, our first ever English lesson, right? But this can sound a little boring and dry. So let’s mix it up a little!