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30 Best Responses when Someone Asks “What Are You Doing”

30 Best Responses when Someone Asks “What Are You Doing”

A conversation is somewhat like chess, and you’ll know how to respond based on the person’s gesture or what he/she says. By knowing how to respond properly, the game can go smoothly, and it won’t end quickly because you made a bad move, or in this case, you said something wrong.

How you respond to when someone asks what are you doing will influence the flow of the conversation. If you respond positively in a conversation, it will likely will continue. However, if your response is negative or not pleasing, it will likely fall flat or end.

Now, you don’t want that to happen, especially in the case that your crush asks about what you’re doing. However, it may be a good thing if you’re doing something wrong, and someone suspects it.

So, how do you know what to use, when to use it, and more importantly, how to word it? ? Well, that’s what we’re about to cover in this article.

 Here are 30 ways on how to respond to what are you doing in three different scenarios:


Ways how to respond to what are you doing when your crush/partner asks via SMS.

When your crush/partner asks about what you’re doing, it’s usually to get a conversation started or to change the subject if you were already in the middle of conversation.
This way, your answer will determine the course of the conversation and his/her interest level as well.
Here are 11 ways how to respond to what are you doing when your crush/partner asks:

01“I’m just here thinking about you.”
This is a cute response that will let your crush/partner feel special because you’re letting him/her know that he/she is on your mind.


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02“Not you, unfortunately.”
This is a flirty and sort of “dirty” response, so you’ll have to be careful how and when you use it.
It’s best used with a partner with whom you’ve spent a lot of time, but it can also work if your crush is into you too and appreciates this kind of language. It’s useful because it helps to spice up the conversation.


03 “Watching [insert TV show/movie]. Have you ever watched it?”
This is a good response because it can help you gauge a crush’s interests and see if he/she shares the same taste in television as you.
If the answer is yes, you can proceed to discuss the TV show/movie. However, if the answer is no, you can use this as an opportunity to introduce him/her to something new or perhaps offer to try watching it together.


04“Trying to figure out when you’re finally going to ask me out.”
Now, this is a pretty bold move. This means that you have to be certain that your crush likes you back.
If you get an answer, he/she will find your confidence appealing, and you might finally land that date. However, if he/she doesn’t like you back, you’ll know it immediately.


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05 “Just playing with [insert pet name and picture]. Would you like to meet him/her?”
This is a good response, especially for a guy who loves animals. Girls tend to appreciate guys with pets because it shows that they are caring and sensitive.
You can use your cute pet to your advantage because you can use it as an excuse to spend time together. If he/she doesn’t like pets, this gesture will let you know that too, and it is a good thing to know.


06“The usual, missing you.”
This is a sweet response for your partner when you’re already dating him/her.
It shows that you have strong feelings about your partner. It also shows that you always want to be around him/her.


07 “Trying to figure out this stupid math assignment. Do you think you might have some luck with it?”
Obviously, this will only work if your crush is in your class or studies math (which is likely if he/she is the same age as you).
It’s a great way to keep the conversation going, and it will help you to understand the homework.


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08“That’s for me to know and for you to find out.”
This cheeky answer is good for when you want to come off as mysterious to a crush/partner. It will leave him/her wondering.


09“Daydreaming about our wedding day. Do you think we should have lilacs or roses?”
This is a cute thing to say to a partner if you are both thinking about marriage. It can show that you see a future with him/her and that you’re excited to make things official.


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10“Brainstorming cool ways to ask you out. I’ll let you know when I come up with a good one.”
This is a good response to use with a crush/partner who you want to ask out or on a date. This gives him/her a hint that you’re planning something for him/her, and you’re giving that person a glimpse at your romantic intentions.


11“I’m actually thinking about grabbing some lunch soon. Would you like to join?”
Last-minute invitations are the best because no one really has time to think about it or to get nervous.
Instead, you both can just go with the flow. This is a good response because it comes off as relaxed and easy-going.



Ways on how to respond to what are you doing when someone asks “what are you doing here?”

When you run into someone unexpectedly, the chances are that they’ll ask about what you are doing there. Here are 11 different ways on how to respond to what are you doing that can work in any run-in situation:

12“I was just about to ask you that.”
This is good to use when you don’t feel like divulging personal information and when you want to flip the question back on the person. This way, he/she will start talking about him/herself while giving you enough time to change the subject or get out of the situation.


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13 “I’m always here, what do you mean?”
This is good to use when you run into someone at your usual spot, such as a gym or a bar, and that person tries to imply that he/she has never seen you there before.
It lets him/her know that this isn’t your first time in that place.


14 “I’m just here to pick up my cousin. Long time, no see!”
For this response, it doesn’t have to be your cousin, it could be your brother, your mother, your partner, etc. You can customize it to make it fit your situation.
It’s good to use when you’re somewhere that you don’t want to be associated with, such as a bad neighborhood or somewhere with a negative reputation attached to it.


15“Stalking you, obviously!”
This is a funny response to use when you run into a friend or family member whom you haven’t seen for a long time; he/she should understand that you’re joking.
It’s good to use when you just want to poke some fun or keep things light-hearted.


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16 “I live here!”
This is good to use when you run into someone in your neighborhood or apartment building who didn’t know you lived there.


17“I’m actually looking for an apartment in this area. Do you have any recommendations?”
This is good to use when you’re genuinely looking for an apartment or a house. That person can probably point you in the right direction.
It’s also good to use if you just want something to talk about when/if you casually bump into your crush.


18“I was just leaving, bye.”
This is an abrupt answer. However, if you don’t like the person or are simply not in the mood to have a conversation, then this is a good response. This way, you can cut the conversation short and be on your way as quickly as possible.


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19“What do you mean what am I doing here? It’s a free country.”
This is a good response, but everything depends on your tone. If you have a sarcastic tone, it’s good to use when you want to be left alone.
If you make it obvious that you’re joking, you can laugh with the person and start a conversation.


20“I don’t know, I’m lost.”
This is another funny response when you run into someone with whom you’re familiar. You can use it to deflect the attention away from your real reason for being there, or you can just say it as a joke. You can tell the person the real reason afterwards.


21 “This is my favorite place. Do you come here often?”
This is good to use when you run into a friend or a crush. You can use this information to find out if you should make your visits more frequent in the case of a crush.
In the case of a friend, you can just use it as a way to make small talk.


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22“I’m not here. In fact, you never saw me!”
If you’re somewhere that you know you should not be, and you’re seen by someone who might tell your parents, your partner, or whoever you don’t want knowing about your whereabouts, you can say this.
It will give the person a hint to not say anything about your encounter to anyone. You can also say this as a joke.


Ways how to respond to what are you doing when someone does not understand what you are doing or thinks that you are doing something wrong.

If someone thinks you’re doing something wrong, the way in which you respond is very crucial to deescalating the situation.
Similarly, if the person doesn’t understand what you’re doing, it is important to clarify it so that there isn’t any confusion or misunderstandings.
Other times, when you don’t really care about what the other person thinks, or when it isn’t a big deal, you should respond in a befitting manner.
Here are 11 ways on how to respond to what are you doing in either of these scenarios:

23“I’m sorry, I thought you’d like it.”
If you genuinely didn’t intend to cause any harm or do anything wrong, apologizing is always the best move to avoid serious repercussions. This is good when it has to do with a partner who could feel hurt by your actions.



24“Same thing, different method.”
This can be used when what you’re doing is confusing to someone. There are many ways to get a job done, and while some people may prefer a particular method, you’re better off doing things your way.
This is a simple response to say that you’ve chosen to use your method.


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25“Call the cops!”
This is a sarcastic response to someone when he/she thinks that you’re doing something wrong, but in reality, you’re not doing anything wrong. This lets him/her know that you don’t care and that you’ll keep doing it anyway.


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26“Just give me a few minutes, it’ll all be clear to you.”
This is good to use when you can’t really explain what you’re doing, but you know that it’s a good idea. This says that once you’re finished, he/she will understand better.


27“I’m doing what you said to do.”
This is good to use when someone doesn’t remember giving you certain instructions, and you want to let him/her know that you were doing as instructed.


28“I’ll explain in a second.”
This is good to use when you’re busy and can’t respond immediately. It shows that you want to put the person’s mind at ease as soon as you can.


29“None of your business.”
This is a feisty response, but it is a good way to tell someone to butt out of your business or to give you some space.


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30“I’m doing my job. What are you doing?”
This is good to use with a coworker who is slacking off at work, and he/she isn’t sure why you choose to go the extra mile. It lets him/her know that it’s time to pull up his/her socks at work.


31“Do you have any better ideas?”
This is good to use when someone is criticizing your actions. You can try not to sound too sarcastic; otherwise, it can come off as very rude. This way, you can work together to find an amicable solution.


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32“Isn’t this what you wanted me to do?”
This is good to use when there has been some obvious miscommunication, and you are seeking some clarification. This way, he/she can explain things to you, and you can do what needs to be done properly.


33“I’m trying to figure out where I went wrong.”
This is good to use when you don’t understand why the person is upset or confused. This way, both you and the person can work things out and move past it together.



There are many different scenarios in which what you’re doing is going to be seen and curious to someone.
In this post, you can see that there are many different ways on how to respond to what are you doing when someone asks you.
Which ones will you choose to use first?