How to respond to “How are you?”

How would you repond to
– How are you?
– How’s it going?
– What’s up?
You’re probably going to answer:
– I’m fine, thanks.
– Not bad.
– Very well, thanks.
– Pretty good.
– I’ve been better.
– Great. How’s it going?
– Oh, just the usual.
– Nothing much.
But sometimes when people ask you those questions, they don’t expect an answer from you; they’re just simply saying “Hello!”. It would be more natural to respond with another greeting:
A: How are you?
B: Hey, how’s it going?
A; What’s up?
B: Sup?
So how do you know whether someone really wants to know how you are, or they’re just saying “Hi”? You can tell that it’s just a greeting if:
– they’re walking by you and don’t stop to hear your answer.
– they wave to you while asking.
– the tone of their voice doesn’t go up at the end.

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