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The answer to

Come vanno le cose?

is

Va bene.

So we should answer with incorrect grammar? Isn't it more correct to say "Vanno bene"?

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    «The answer ... is Va bene.» Is it? Who says so? It is quite a weird way to answer. – DaG Oct 22 '19 at 18:27
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    The standard answer would be “Bene”. If the verb is used it would be “Vanno bene”. – egreg Oct 22 '19 at 21:51
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The grammatically correct answer would be Vanno bene, but the verb would usually be omitted. Here are some examples:

— Come vanno le cose? — Bene, grazie.
— Come vanno le cose? — Vanno bene, grazie.
— Come vanno le cose? — Tutto bene, grazie.
— Come vanno le cose? — Va tutto bene, grazie.

Nobody would answer Va bene to the question Come vanno le cose?. However, as in the third and fourth examples above, the subject can change and so also the verb. In very informal situations, grazie would frequently be omitted.

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