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Thursday, June 23, 2005

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

Do you find understanding informal greetings confusing? Well, don’t worry - you are not alone. Most students struggle with the meanings and how to respond to the many informal greetings in the English language.

Here are some common confusing questions and their typical responses:

"How’s it going?" (this means how are you doing?)
RESPONSE: Good, great, not bad.

"How are you making out?" (this means how are you doing, but can also be used when asking someone about their progress on a specific task/project.)
RESPONSE: Good, great, not bad or give some detail about how the task/project is going.

"How come?" (this means why?)
RESPONSE: Because…..

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.

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