Talking about health is not an easy task:

It’s hard to pick what to say when someone you like is in pain. Throughout this lesson we’ll learn how to ask questions about health and how to answer them.


 To ask after a friend, we say:

  • How are you?
  • How are you doing?
  • Are you OK?
  • How are you feeling?

 To answer these questions, we say:

Positive answers:

  • I’m fine, thanks. And you?
  • I’m great. What about you?
  • Everything is alright. And you?

Negative answers:

  •  I’m not fine, but thanks for asking.
  • I’m not OK. I feel tired.

 To show sympathy, we say:

  • Oh dear!
  • That’s a shame.
  • I hope you get better soon.

 To show give advice, we say:

  • why don’t you go home?
  • You should take the day off.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Stay in bed.


  • Only use the imperative to give advice to people you know well.
  • After “Why don’t you…?” we use the infinitive.