I'm a teacher and I'm preparing the simple dialogues for my students. Here's one of them:
- How are things?
- Could be better. You?
- Pretty good.
May I shorten the response to "you" here? As I understand now, "you?" only follows the previous question with the you-subject (how are you doing/how are you). And if I can't shorten it this way, is there any other way to make "How are things/how is it going" shorter and thus less formal?