On one thread of this blog we look at the words and phrases that people use in daily conversation in particular situations. This week, we’re considering the things that we say – especially the questions that we ask – when we see someone we know well at the end of a day at work, college or school, etc.
We often start by showing polite interest in what a person has done by asking the question How was your day?, How has your day been? or Did you have a good day?
Hi, Annie. How was your day?
If we know someone well, we might ask about a particular thing that we know they have done today. For this, we might say, How was …? or perhaps How did … go?
How was your meeting this afternoon, Ben?
How did your meeting go this afternoon, Ben?
In British English, we can ask the same question by saying, How did you get on…?
So how did you get on in your maths test?
How did you get on with the decorating this afternoon?
If we know that the person has done something important or challenging today, we might show them that we care by saying, I was thinking about you this afternoon. or I thought about you at midday today.
Anyway, I’m really glad your interview went well. We were both thinking about you this afternoon.
If we want to know whether the person has succeeded in doing a particular thing in the course of the day, we might say Did you manage to…? or Did you get a chance to…?
Did you manage to get a doctor’s appointment?
Did you get a chance to speak to Noah about the arrangements?
Since people’s days usually involve other people, we often ask about them too. We might simply ask Did you see Abbie today? Sometimes we want to know whether the person spoke to someone about a particular subject, in which case, we might say Did you mention … to Abbie?
Did you mention Tom’s birthday party to Abbie?
Whatever you’ve done today, we hope it was good!