When someone says “thank you” in English, what do you say back? Most of you know the most common thing to respond with is “you are welcome” or “you’re welcome.” However, native English speakers have many different ways to respond to “thank you.” Let’s look at some different ways to say “you’re welcome” and what they mean.
How do you respond to “thank you?”
|You are welcome||This is the classic polite response to “thank you.” When you say “you are welcome,” you are saying (to the person you just helped) that they are welcome to your help anytime. You can’t go wrong with saying “you’re welcome,” but you won’t win any awards for originality:)|
|You are very welcome||If you want to add a little extra to “you are welcome” then “you are very welcome” will do the trick. Oftentimes you will use this phrase when someone says “thank you very much.”|
|You are more than welcome / you are most welcome||When you say “you are more than welcome” you are basically saying “you are welcome” multiplied by 100. You are being extremely gracious and kind.|
|Of course!||When you respond with “of course,” you are saying that the help that you gave was to be expected.|
|My pleasure / the pleasure is mine||People say “my pleasure” when they want you to know that it made them feel good to help you… almost like it was not work. You hear this often from someone providing you service in retail, or in restaurants.|
|Don’t mention it||This is an old-fashioned, casual way of saying “you’re welcome.” It’s like you are saying “thank you” was unnecessary.|
|No problem / no worries||“No problem” is an even more casual way to express “you are welcome.” You are telling someone that it was not a problem to help them. Saying “no worries” is a modern way of expressing “no problem.”|
|No sweat||This may seem weird to say. When you say “no sweat” you are saying (in slang) that it was very easy to help someone – so easy that you did not even sweat.|
|No…. thank you!||If you want to really make someone feel special, you can say “No… thank you.” You are basically saying “I’m the one who should be thanking you.”|
|It was nothing||This is another way to express that helping someone was easy. It was so easy, that it was like doing nothing.|
|Any time!||When you say “any time!” in response to “thank you” you are saying “I can help you any time.” Wow, what a nice person you are!|
|Sure thing||This is also a very positive thing to say in response to “thank you.” When you say “sure thing” it’s like you are expressing that you can always be counted on for help.|
English can be tricky because there are so many idiomatic expressions. Now that you know a few different ways to say “you are welcome,” it will be easy to respond to “thank you!”
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