HOW or WHAT… are you doing?

Two questions that often confuse students are:

How are you doing?

&

What are you doing?

woman-1401616_960_720For example, if you ask this woman “How are you doing?,” she’ll say “Great!  Fantastic!”

However, if you ask her “What are you doing?,” she’ll say, “I’m giving a double thumbs up!  I’m smiling!”  The answers are totally different.  That’s because the first question asks about her mood or health whereas the second asks about her actions.

Here’s a second example:

anger-18615_960_720 If you ask her “How are you doing?,”  she’ll say “Terrible!  I’m really pissed off!  I’m mad!”

However, if you ask her “What are you doing?,” she’ll say “I’m screaming!  I’m making a fist.  I’m getting ready to punch somebody!”

Now, you try.  Possible answers are below…

graduation-879941_960_720  If you ask him, “How are you doing?,”  he’ll probably say: ” __________________________”

If you ask him “What are you doing?,” he’ll probably say: ” _______________________________”

man-1574124_1920 If you ask him, “How are you doing?,”  he’ll probably say: ” __________________________”

If you ask him “What are you doing?,” he’ll probably say: ” _______________________________”

fear-afraid-scream-woman-face-lady-yell-english-esl-non-count If you ask her, “How are you doing?,”  she’ll probably say: ” __________________________”

If you ask her “What are you doing?,” she’ll probably say: ” _______________________________”

 

Answers:

“I’m doing great!”  / “I’m graduating from university!”

“I’m feeling nervous.” / “I’m waiting to speak with my boss.”

“I’m terrified.” / “I’m watching a horror movie.”

 

 

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