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お and ご, both represented by the kanji 御, are prefixes that increase the politeness of a word. They are often used when referring to other people to put them on a higher level than yourself, which is why you say 「お元気ですか」 to other people, but you say 「元気です」 about yourself. Whether you use お or ご is dependent on the word, so ご元気 is not correct. お usually goes ...
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