What is the most appropriate response to "I hope you are well"? What are your reasons for choosing one reply above another?

Replies I've thought of:

  • I am very well, thanks. How are you?
  • I am very well, thanks, and hope you are as well.
  • I am very well, thanks. I hope it is the same with you too.
  • (Ignore it completely.)

I guess it depends on the relationship with the person, but my question is mainly focused on politeness in everyday emails with colleagues/customers.

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    Just say thank you. Even if you are not well, a wish that you are well is worthy of being thanked, and there's no need to break out the medical report. – Oldcat Mar 21 '14 at 19:15
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about etiquette. – Tim Lymington Mar 21 '14 at 21:20
  • It's a phatic expression. It is customary to simply reply that you are fine, and reciprocate the interest in the askee's well-being – Carly May 8 '19 at 17:39

This is very subjective to what message you want to send across.

In a formal setting, you could say "I am very well, thank you." If you'd like to inquire about the other person, you could follow that with "How are you?" or "I hope you are well too."

In an informal setting, you could simply say "I am." There is no rule to this. It completely depends on you.

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