So much the better

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Italian - Italy
Is it correct/incorrect to use the expression "so much the better" after someone says "I am fine"?
For example:

x: Hi, how are you doing?
y: I'm OK
x: So much the better
 
  • Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    I cannot think of a situation where that would be "natural".

    "So much the better" is generally used when something is even better than the basic thing asked about.

    Example:

    A; You'll need about $50 spending money.
    B: I have $100.
    C: So much the better! (ie it's even better to have $100 rather than $50.)
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    Another example, closer to your original:

    x: Hi, how are you doing? I heard you were in a car crash last month and broke your leg. Are you able to walk yet.
    y: I can even run a bit!
    x: So much the better.
     
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