What are you up to meaning Quora?

How have you been?How have you been? is a common question from native English speakers. Its asking what you have been up to and how life has been for you from from a certain point

What are you up to meaning Quora?

How have you been?

How have you been? is a common question from native English speakers. Its asking what you have been up to and how life has been for you from from a certain point in time. Perhaps youre being asked how youve 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 itsused in a similar way as how are you?However, your answer needs to be a little bit different.

When to Use the Question How have you been?

But before we talk about how to answer this question, lets talk about when to use or when to ask this question. To begin, there are two things to 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 (like a week or longer).

Most importantly, this is not a question to ask someone you have just met, nor is it a question to 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 you been? is about the chunk of time that has passed since you saw that person.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 to answer this question is to give short or one-word answers. This is usually the case when you are in casual conversations. Native English speakers tend 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 answer the question

But of course, theres a longer way to answer this question. I mentioned earlier that its similar to answering the question how are you?. The difference is when you answer how are you?, you answer in present tense. Such as Im okay. With how have you been?, on the other hand, you will be answering using the present perfect progressive tense. And this is done by using I have been plus thecontinuousverbform. Present perfect progressive tense describes an action that began some time in the past, continues in the present, and may possibly continue into the future. Here are some examples:

How have you been?

I have been busy working.

Ive been traveling quite a bit since we saw each other last Christmas.

Oh, Ive been studying a little too hard. I need a break.

How has he/she been?

Gabbys been practicing cooking quite a bit.

Well, hes 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 you been?Here are some additional tips to make you sound more fluent and more native-like when answering this question:1. To sound more native, use Ive beeninsteadofIhavebeen. Use shes been or hes been or theyve been too.
2. Asktheotherpersonhowtheyhavebeen doing too! This question is a really great conversation starter and you can catch up with someone you havent seen or talked to for a while, just by asking this question.

For example: Ive been busy working a lot, too much maybe. How about you? How have you been?

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

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

After watching this English tutorial, if you want to learn more advanced grammar, I recommend Past Conditional Grammar  How to Use Should Have Been, Could Have been, and Would Have Been in English.

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