When someone asks you on chat/face-to-face Hey yourname, how's it going
what's the standard reply ? Is Doing good appropriate ?
And should one ask back How are you doing ?
As these types of questions are not intended to have an answer but a normal way of
greeting someone. It's probably common in US this way.

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    There is no "standard" reply... I noticed (some) people throw how's it goings around out of politeness, not really caring how people are doing (or not even expecting a response) . In reply, people throw back well/good/great/fines instead of a more honest/open/elaborate update on their life/state/week/day. Try these: "Thanks, felling a bit under the weather today", "Oh, great, man, thanks, it's been a very productive morning" Mar 22, 2021 at 20:27
  • You are not even really expected to give a meaningful answer; how's it going is more of a standardized greeting than a real question. It's fine to respond with something like Hi, yourname!
    – stangdon
    Mar 23, 2021 at 11:42
  • How's it going. What's up. What's new. What's shakin' bacon. All are casual greetings that allow the answerer to respond as they see fit. Possible responses are: Nothing much, you? Things are going well, how about you? Same old. They found a heart, my transplant is tomorrow afternoon. It all depends on how you choose to answer.
    – EllieK
    Mar 23, 2021 at 12:57
  • @EllieK Thanks for the levity.
    – Lambie
    Mar 24, 2021 at 14:40

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Probably the most common reply is “Good, and you?”, the same as if someone asked how you are doing. (Some people prefer “well” over “good”, but that’s a hypercorrection.)

Note that this assumes the person is asking out of politeness rather than actual interest, so you are expected to give the standard polite answer in return.

With someone you know well, though, you are free to answer honestly if you’d prefer.


"Doing good" is very informal AmE.

People do talk like that, though. That said, a more educated person says it tongue-in-cheek because standard answers are I'm doing well or fine or great.

  • Even the question How is it going is informal types right ? When you say Doing good is informal are you trying to say it's not the best kind of reply ? Mar 22, 2021 at 19:54
  • @Amitwadhwa The question is generally: How's it going? with the contraction. No, informal means not formal. It depends on which level of language you want to use.
    – Lambie
    Mar 24, 2021 at 13:29

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