sorry for probably similar questions were already asked but I can't find exactly this:
If I'm greeted by "How are you?", should I answer with "Fine, thanks, and you" as school books usually suggest?
My sister insists that "Fine" is really unnecessary as it is more the form of greeting and no one expects that I answer "too bad" or "I'm bored" :)
So is it OK to answer anything of hello-ish kind, even the same question. Would the dialog be normal in form:
A: Hi Jake, How ARE you? B: Hey Jim, and how are YOU?
A: How are you, Mr. Somewhatson? B: Wow, just extremely glad to see you!
e.g. without any words confirming that "yes, I'm fine, in case you really want to know"... And even - is it better if it is ok?