How's business? - Tradução em português

How's business? é How was business? Ou seja "como vão os negócios?" Nunca tinha visto essa contração. Vocês teriam alguma dica de onde eu encontro todas as contrações do inglês?

Obrigado.

ATIVE O ENGLISH PLUS POR R$ 8/MÊS Além de aprender sem anúncios, você terá acesso: aos Cursos do English Experts, a respostas verificadas por especialistas (ilimitado) e ao aplicativo Meu Vocabulário. ATIVAR AGORA
1 resposta
  Resposta mais votada
6 48 1.1k
Well, how's could be a contraction for: how has / how is / how does.

So, not necessarily "how was", most problably it wouldn't be used meaning the past form. I don't say it's impossible, but the usual would be "how is" or one of the above ones.

Ref. en.wikipedia
Ref. spellzone

Anyway, "how's business" could be "como vão os negócios" but it could also be the equivalent to our "como vão as coisas/como estão as coisas?" etc.

So, some phrasebooks bring those as greetings:
How is it going?
How are things?
How's business?
How are your family? Etc...

Ref. lyrics.wikia
Yeah I made it square last time I came up town
What up Sunny? {What up?} How's business? {How you doing Sean?}

Anyway, it somehow rings as if you have time to listen a more elaborated answer than just with "how are you".