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What is the difference between How are you and How were you. Which is more appropriate to use?

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    They are in different tenses.
    – Jon Hanna
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 17:49
  • In which context?
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 17:53

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"How were you?" is past tense. It implies that you are inquiring about how a person was at a previous point in time. One case I can think of where it would be used is when you were not able to attend someone's recital, etc. You would say "How did you do?" or "How were you?"

"How are you?" is present tense. It means that you are inquiring about how a person is at the current time. This is something that you typically hear people say to someone, after greeting them.

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  • I think it maybe not the tense. I heard someone pronounced "how are you" just like "how were you."
    – Zhang
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 9:17

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