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While having smalltalk, is it okay to say "that's good to know" when someone says they're doing great?

For example:

  • How are you doing?
  • I am doing great
  • That's good to know!

Is the last phrase appropriate in this situation? Does it sound good?

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There's no set response. "That's good to know" is fine.

I suspect that it is more likely either that 1) Person B will ask a question, so the conversation will go something like "How are you doing? / Great, how about you?..." Or Person A will actually want to say something else. The "How are you doing?" question is just a conversation starter, and so the conversation will go "How are you doing?/ Great /Say, can I borrow your ..." or something else.

But there is nothing wrong with "that's good to know", even though it does rather close the dialogue. What is B supposed to say back?

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  • That's good to know can also sound sarcastic at times.
    – Stevo
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 8:44

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