I need to ask someone I know about the current state of that person's affairs at a particular sector of activity.

Mind you, I am not talking about a generic "hello". I've read through the Do you really answer “How do you do?” with “How do you do?” and this is not what I am after.

I really mean to find out if there are any notable news/notifications about the person's doings. Either positive or negative.

Intuitively I would ask my daughter: "How are you doing at school?". But she is a child and is meant to treat all my questions seriously and answer properly i.e. not with "fine, thanks" but give me some details.

What about a situation when the asked person is of an equal social state and is not my subordinate? Does my question like: "How are you doing at work?" mean I need to know if there are actually any important news at person's work/business?

  • What's new at work?
    – Drew
    Oct 25, 2016 at 17:52
  • @Drew Do you mean that saying How are you doing as work? does not have that? Oct 25, 2016 at 19:26
  • No; I just suggested another way to ask.
    – Drew
    Oct 25, 2016 at 19:26
  • Or you could say "How are things at work?" Oct 27, 2016 at 8:52
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on Interpersonal Skills.
    – CJ Dennis
    Feb 29, 2020 at 4:44


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