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"It's been a pleasure talking to you and keep in touch"

Is it just a saying, or does he really mean that he's expecting to receive some information from me in the future?

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"Keep in touch" is like "How are you?"

It depends on the context whether the person is using these statements as a mere 'formula' to be polite or whether the person is using these statements to communicate something more genuine.

In most conversations, "Keep in touch" is a mere nicety (definition 1.2) and is not meant to be taken literally. In fact, "It's been a pleasure talking to you" can either be a nicety or genuine, or both.

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  • I agree with everything in your answer except that "keep in touch" means "how are you". Keep in touch is used as a closing. How are you is an opening (salutation) that one would use at the start of a conversation. Keep in touch is a way of saying hey, contact me again soon/let's talk again soon, or something similar. You're right though that a lot of people use it as a polite way of ending a conversation and are often not entirely genuine. May 13, 2015 at 4:26
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    @ChrisCirefice The answer doesn't say "keep in touch" means "how are you"... It's saying they're similar in use, as they are a sort of platitude/small talk - things that people say but don't really mean.
    – Catija
    May 13, 2015 at 4:41
  • @Catija You're right, I interpreted the "is like" to mean "synonym of", not "similar to". May 13, 2015 at 14:17
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"Keep in touch" really means "let's stay in contact." Whether or not someone is genuine about it doesn't change its meaning. Some people are actually welcoming future conversations while others can say it and not mean it.

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