What is mean “ how are you getting on?”

I"ve sầu got a problem with these constructs. The original sentence looks lượt thích the following:

I hear you"ve got a new job. How vì chưng you get on?

Actually, the sentence I wrote above sầu contains an error. The correct sentence is:

I hear you"ve sầu got a new job. How are you getting on?

So, I don"t underst& why we have to use the present continuous instead present simple.

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As far as I know we use present continuous tense for the temporary situations or the situations that happen at the time of speaking. Could anyone explain this situation in great detail?


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I think it"s worth mentioning some of the complexities involved, though many of these were mentioned at the thread Andrew link to lớn.

Choice of tense probably isn"t as clear-cut as we"d like khổng lồ think. For instance, with disease-related examples as mentioned in the link:

I have sầu diabetes /a cold / occasional headaches / frequent headaches.

*I am having diabetes / a cold.

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I am having occasional headaches / frequent headaches.

The use of have as a near-synonym of get / take (punctual) as well as possess / suffer from (durative) is doubtless a complicating factor here.

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Turning lớn the multi-word verb get on, we see that again there is idiosyncratic behaviour dependent upon the particular "object referent" (whether stated overtly or not):

I hear you"ve sầu got a new job. How are you getting on?

I was sorry to lớn hear that you and Bill had a big argument (last month). How are you getting on with hlặng now?

I was sorry to lớn hear that you and Bill had a big argument. How are you getting on now?

& for the bởi vì + bare infinitive:

*I hear you"ve got a new job. How do you get on?

Travelling by bus must be hard for you now. How vì chưng you get on? get on, of course>

*I was sorry to hear that you and Bill had a big argument last week. How vì you get on (with him) now?

I was sorry to lớn hear that you and Bill had a big argument last year. How bởi you get on (with him) now?

There seem to be subtleties involving not only the continuous / repetitive sầu distinction, but also whether the present state can be regarded as steady (involving how long it has continued).