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June 11, 2015

American Idiom: Sounds Good

What does “sounds good” mean?  

This is an idiom or a phrase. It cannot be taken literally.

This is a typical phrase used in everyday conversations in the US (even casually, among friends and family). People use this phrase in response to something they agree with and that leaves them with a good feeling. This phrase may also suggest that a topic is open for more friendly banter or suggestions later.  

Saying ‘I agree’ is not always as casual or friendly as ‘sounds good’. This is something cultural and is hard to explain. Typically, ’I agree’ is a closed-ended phrase whereas ‘sounds good’ is open-ended. It gives the other person a chance to re-open the discussion at a later time, if needed.

Example (this is a real-life conversation):
Rick: Bob, the suggestions you gave at the meeting today about our project with our client, Sam Mead were fantastic. I will have some more inputs on this very soon.
Bob: Sounds good.

Have you used this phrase? Share your conversational snippet below!

Do you have any other phrases you would like to know more about? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Author, Jennifer Kumar, an American citizen living in Kochi, facilitates clearer communication for corporates working with Americans.

Chris Sufi is a freelance editor who lives in Bangalore, India. Her email address is

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