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Which of "How are they?" and "How were they?" is the more natural response in this context?


"I saw my children two days ago."

"How are/were they?"

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First, what do you think, please?

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CliveFirst, what do you think, please?

I think I can say both, but I don't know if it would be natural to ask "How were they?" or it would imply that there was a reason that they wouldn't be fine.

I think I can say both, Yes

but I don't know if it would be natural to ask "How were they?" or

would it imply that there was a reason that they wouldn't be fine? Possibly. The context would usually help clarify the situation. Also, we normally answer such questions using the same tense as was used in the question.

Thanks. If you had to choose between them, which one would you find more natural to use?

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