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How have you been?

“How have sầu you been?” is a common question from native English speakers. It’s asking what you have sầu been up khổng lồ and how life has been for you from from a certain point in time. Perhaps you’re being asked how you’ve sầu been doing since the last time you saw each other. Or maybe since the last time you spoke on the phone. Or it could also be since the last time you sent each other private messages online. 

You can see that it’s used in a similar way as “how are you?”However, your answer needs lớn be a little bit different.

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When to Use the Question “How have sầu you been?” 

But before we talk about how lớn answer this question, let’s talk about when lớn use or when lớn ask this question. To begin, there are two things khổng lồ remember: 

First, only ask this question if you have met someone previously.

Second, only ask them if you have not seen one another for some time (lượt thích a week or longer).

Most importantly, this is not a question khổng lồ ask someone you have sầu just met, nor is it a question khổng lồ ask someone you just saw yesterday. The question is actually focusing on the chunk of time that has passed since you saw that person.


“How have sầu you been?” is about the chunk of time that has passed since you saw that person.

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For example: 
“How have you been since we graduated from high school?” 
“How have you been since you got hospitalized last month?” 
“How has she been since her parents passed away?” 
“How has he been since they broke up?” 

Short answers to answer the question 

One way khổng lồ answer this question is to lớn give short or one-word answers. This is usually the case when you are in casual conversations. Native sầu English speakers tover to answer this way when they are conversing with others. Here are some examples of the short answers: 

“Good!” 

“Great!” 

“Not bad!” 

“Never been better!” 

“Could be better.” 

“A little crazy actually!” 

Hectic!” 

“Busy, busy.”

“As usual.”

Longer answers to lớn answer the question 

But of course, there’s a longer way lớn answer this question. I mentioned earlier that it’s similar to lớn answering the question “how are you?”. The difference is when you answer “how are you?”, you answer in present tense. Such as “I’m okay.” With “how have sầu you been?”, on the other hand, you will be answering using the present perfect progressive sầu tense. And this is done by using “I have sầu been” plus the continuous verb form. Present perfect progressive sầu tense describes an action that began some time in the past, continues in the present, và may possibly continue into lớn the future. Here are some examples: 

How have sầu you been? 

“I have sầu been busy working.” 

“I’ve sầu been traveling quite a bit since we saw each other last Christmas.” 

“Oh, I’ve sầu been studying a little too hard. I need a break.” 

How has he/she been?

“Gabby’s been practicing cooking quite a bit.” 

“Well, he’s been spending a lot of time at the gym!” 

“Drew has been helping out kids in the neighborhood.” 

How to Sound More Fluent and Native-like when you Answer the Question “How have sầu you been?


Here are some additional tips to lớn make you sound more fluent và more native-lượt thích when answering this question: 

For example: I’ve been busy working a lot, too much maybe. How about you? How have you been?”

For example: I’ve been real busy starting up my own business, but it has been fun too. What have sầu you been up to?

You can also kiểm tra out the video version of this tutoruial. Watch how to answer the question “How have sầu you been?” in fluent English.

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After watching this English tutorial, if you want khổng lồ learn more advanced grammar, I recommover Past Conditional Grammar – How khổng lồ Use Should Have Been, Could Have sầu been, và Would Have sầu Been in English.

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