Three different ways to say 'how are you?'

Hi there! I've been taking the German course on Duolingo for a while now, alongside the Duolingo counterpart course on Memrise and the Memrise-created German course. On the latter course, I was taught two new ways to say 'how are you?': "was geht ab" and "wie geht es dir?" My question is: what is the difference between those two and 'wie geht's?" Are they simply more formal, or are they the same thing?

7/10/2017, 1:47:44 AM

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wie geht es dir - how are you

wie geht's - how is it going

was geht ab - what's up

more or less...

what is the difference between the English versions? goes the same for German

7/10/2017, 1:56:47 AM

Thanks so much! This is quite helpful :)

7/10/2017, 2:29:35 AM

Wie geht es dir? this is the informal way you greet people you know rather well, also you can greet your pets with it. Wie geht es Ihnen? Is for a formal greeting, of someone you just met/don't know very well, authority figures, etc. Was geht ab? Is more colloquial German. Wie geht's, the 's replaces es dir, In the Wie geht es dir (form).

7/10/2017, 8:30:51 AM
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Wie geht es euch? This is the informal way to greet a group of people (such as your friends) or to greet a group of children.

7/10/2017, 11:02:32 PM
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