How have you been – It is similar to ‘How are you?’ but ‘How have you been‘ is used when you haven’t seen someone for a more extended period, like several months. When someone asks, ‘How have you been?’ you should answer with more than just a short word like ‘Good’ or ‘OK’. Instead, you should respond by telling them about changes in your life. For example, you could say something like:
- “I’ve been swamped working on my project,”
- “How’ve” may also be used as an exclamation meaning “What?” or “How?” People can use it both in speech and writing.