how are you

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how are you

  1. (idiomatic) An informal greeting, not requiring a literal response. In form a question, and thus followed by a question mark. Typical responses include:
    I'm very well, thank you. How are you? (formal)
    I'm fine, thank you.
    Fine, thanks. (informal)
    Fine, and you? (informal)
  2. (idiomatic, Ireland) (Following a noun phrase; stress on are) An expression of derision, that the preceding referent is unworthy of the name. In form an exclamation, and thus often followed by an exclamation mark.

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