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Old 08-09-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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I speak american english - both yankee and southern : ) I am a science major, not an english major so take my answer with a grain of salt.
I would say that "how are you" has almost become a casual greeting and most people expect you just to say - "great, and you?" I seldom answer the question when asked by strangers. To me if I am talking to a friend and know they have been dealing with a situation I will say "how are you doing (today, this week, or with X situation)" I think what you say is less important than how you say it and whether or not you look the person in the eye and stand still to hear the answer to the question.
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