Recently, Gabby & I taught you how khổng lồ answer the question, “How are you?” Today we’re going to lớn teach you something similar.

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How Are You? vs. How Have sầu You Been?

Did you notice that I asked “How have you been?” Many students know how to answer the question “How are you?” But they don’t underst& when native sầu speakers ask them “How have you been?” We’ll talk about the difference between “How are you?” and “How have you been?” We’re also going lớn provide lots of examples & a quiz!

The Pronunciation Can Be Confusing!

When you look at this question on a piece of paper, you see “How have you been?” But when we talk, we actually speak fast và we use contractions. “How have you been?” becomes “How’ve ya been?”

You can also say “How’s he been?” instead of saying “How has he been?”, or “How’ve sầu they been?”. Try lớn practice this as much as you can. You’re going lớn hear this all the time!

Important Questions lớn Learn

“How are you?” and “How have you been?” are both very important questions. Why? Because they’re greetings! If you don’t know how khổng lồ tell somebody how you’re doing, then the conversation can’t really continue. You could answer both questions by saying “Not too bad,” or “So far, so good,” or just “Great!”

So What’s the Difference?

The difference is that “How are you?” is in the present tense. I want to lớn know how you are doing RIGHT NOW.

“How have sầu you been?” is the present perfect tense. It means that I want khổng lồ know what you’ve been doing since I saw you the last time. I know you, but I haven’t seen you for a while.

Here’s an example. Maybe you have a friover who has been sick for two weeks, & you haven’t seen hyên. When you see hyên ổn again, it would be appropriate lớn ask hyên, “How have you been?”

You could also say “How are you?” using the present tense. But because you care about your friover & you knew he was sichồng, it would be better to ask “How have sầu you been?” He can respond by saying “Oh, I’ve sầu been great,” or “I’ve sầu been feeling much better.”

Here’s another example. I see Gabby almost every day. When I see her, I don’t ask “How have sầu you been?”, I ask “How are you?” We only ask “How have you been?” if we haven’t seen someone in a week or more.

More Ways lớn Answer “How Have You Been?”

Are there different ways to lớn answer this question? Sure, there are!

You can use the continuous size of a verb in your sentence. Just add -ing, and that will make your sentence sound better & give sầu the person more information about how you have sầu been.

More examples, please!

I have been feeling fantastic recently.I have sầu been working a lot.Oh, I have been sleeping a lot lately.I have been studying a lot lately.

A Way khổng lồ Keep the Conversation Going

Here’s a sample conversation between me và my cousin. I haven’t seen her in a month.

Vanessa: How have you been?Cousin: Oh, I’ve sầu been working a lot.Vanessa: What have you been working on?

This is a really great way khổng lồ keep a conversation going.

Conversations with Gabby and Vanessa

Gabby: Vanessa! It’s been so long! How have you been?Vanessa: I know, Gabby, I haven’t seen you in months. I’ve sầu been traveling a lot lately.Gabby: Lucky you!

Vanessa: Good morning, Dr. Wallace.Gabby (Dr. Wallace): Good morning.

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Vanessa: How’ve ya been? I haven’t seen you since my last yearly checkup.Gabby: I’ve been busy working. You’re my twentieth patient today.

Gabby: Vanessa, I just saw you post a pholớn with Alyssa và Laura. How’ve sầu they been? I haven’t seen them in ages!Vanessa I haven’t seen them in forever, either. They said they’ve sầu been doing great. They were actually doing some shopping with their brother, Mike.Gabby: Oh, Mike! How’s he been? I haven’t seen hyên in a while, either.Vanessa: He’s also doing really well. He’s been trying to purchase a new home.

Time For a Quiz!

How well bởi vì you understvà what you’ve learned in this English lesson? See if you can answer these six questions:

What is a more natural, native sầu way lớn say “How have you been?”

This is about pronunciation. Try saying it out loud to yourself a little faster, using a contraction. The answer is “How’ve sầu ya been?”

What is a faster, more native sầu way khổng lồ say “I have been…”?

Instead of “I have been…”, say “I’ve been…” Using contractions will help you sound more native.

If I am meeting you for the first time, is it appropriate lớn ask, “How have sầu you been?”

No. Rethành viên, this is a question for people that we already know.

When someone asks you,”How’ve sầu you been lately?”, is it correct to lớn answer, “I’ve sầu been feel great!”

It’s not correct, but why not?

Rethành viên, with that verb feel we need to lớn put -ing at the end. “I’ve sầu been feeling great lately.” “I’ve been working a lot lately.” “I’ve been busy studying these days.”

You see your co-workers every day. Is it okay to lớn ask them how they’ve sầu been every morning?

I hope you said no! “How have you been?” is for when you want khổng lồ have a conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a while.

You return khổng lồ work after a week-long vacation, and you see your co-worker. Can you ask, “How have sầu you been?”

Yes! This would be the perfect time lớn use the present perfect khung of the question. You haven’t seen them in a week. They might want to lớn have a conversation about your vacation.

How Did You Do on the Quiz?

Let us know in the comments below. And tell us how you’ve been! We care about you, & we want to grow our relationship with you.

If you learned a lot from this post, you might want to lớn also read this post about how to lớn answer the question, “How are you?” Thanks for learning English with us! Chechồng out all our new YouTube videos & we’ll see you next time at Go Natural English!