How to Answer the Question “How Have You Been?” in Fluent English

How have you been?

“How have you been?” is a common question from native English speakers. It is used in a similar way as “how are you?” However, your answer needs to be a little bit different.

When to Use “How have you been?”

To begin, there are two things to remember about “how have you been.”

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. “How have you been?” is about 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.

Now that you understand who and when to ask, how will you answer when someone asks you? Watch the video below to see an explanation about how to answer the question “How have you been?” in English like natives speak.

Short answers to answer the question “How have you been?” in fluent English

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 “how have you been?” in fluent English

“I have been + continuous verb form.”

Examples:

I have been +

busy working

traveling quite a bit

studying a little too hard

practicing cooking quite a bit

spending a lot of time at the gym

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

FLUECY TIPS:
— To sound more native, use “I’ve been” instead of “I have been”
— Become a better conversationalist and ask the other person how they have been too!

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

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

Now, watch the video 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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