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Stop saying “I’m fine” – Alternatives to I’m fine in English

“How are you doing today?” “Oh, I’m Fine.”

Are you tired of saying this in English? Here we will explore some alternatives to I’m Fine in English.

 

Look at this dialogue:

Your friend: “How are you doing?”

You: “I’m fine.”

Your friend: “Oh no what’s wrong?”

Typically when you tell someone “I’m fine” as a response to how you are, they may think that something is wrong, that you’re actually not fine. So what can you say?

 

Try one of these positive alternatives instead.

1 – I’m great! or I’ve been pretty great, actually.

Example:

“How are you?” “I’m great!”  or “I’ve been pretty great, actually.”

2 – Doing really well.

Example:

“How’s everything going?” “Doing really well, thanks.”

3 – Couldn’t be better.

Example:

“How are things?” “Couldn’t be better!”

4 – Never better.

Example:

“How have you been feeling lately?” “Never better!”

 

Try one of these neutral alternatives if you aren’t “fine”

1 – I’m not too shabby, thanks.

Example:

“How are you doing?” “I’m not too shabby, thanks.”

2 – I’m not too bad, thanks.

Example:

“How are you feeling today?” “I’m not too bad, thanks.”

3 – I’m pretty good.

Example:

“How’s your day been?” “I’m pretty good, thanks.”

4 – I’m okay, thanks.

Example:

“How are you holding up?” “I’m okay, thanks.”

 

And if you REALLY want to be dramatically positive….

5 – I’m on top of the world.

Example:

“How are you?” “I’m on top of the world!”

6 – I’m on cloud 9.

Example:

“How are things going for you?” “I’m on cloud 9!”

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What can you say if you’re NOT fine?

1 – I’m not doing well.

Example:

“Are you alright?” “I’m not doing well, actually.”

2 – I’ve seen better days.

Example:

“How’s your mood today?” “I’ve seen better days.”

3 – Today was rough.

Example:

“How was your day?” “Today was rough.”

4 – I’m struggling a little right now.

Example:

“Are you okay?” “I’m struggling a little right now.”

5 – I’ve been better, to be honest.

Example:

“How are you feeling?” “I’ve been better, to be honest, but I’m hanging in there.”

 

So how are you today? I hope you learned some alternatives to I’m fine in English 😉 Message me and let me know!

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Camille Hanson

Camille Hanson

Hi friends! I'm Camille. I create engaging American English content for ESL people around the world. When I am not creating videos, books or blogs, you will probably find me in a cafe somewhere around the world, studying my next target language or at home cooking up food for my family of five. Stick around, read some posts and learn some English with me :) Tchau, ciao! ~Camille
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