When someone asks, "How are you?" are you supposed to answer, "Good," or "Fine," and ask back?
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Yes. Depending on where you are in the English-speaking world and on your relationship with the other person, you might reply with any of the following:
Certainly, several other possible permutations. No response at all would be considered rude anywhere. Just saying, "Fine," in response without a "thank you" or a reciprocal question would also be considered brusque, standoffish or rude; or the asker may simply conclude you are in a bad mood. The first response is the norm in places or cases where the respondent does not deem it polite or appropriate to respond in kind with a "How are you?"
Situations where it is appropriate to reciprocate:
Situations where it is appropriate not to reciprocate:
protected by tchrist Oct 22 '15 at 21:00
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