"no big deal" & "not a big deal"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by blueberrymuffin, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. blueberrymuffin Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    what's the difference between these two expressions, is ther a difference?

    This is no big deal.
    This is not a big deal.
  2. Mr.Blue

    Mr.Blue Senior Member

    Australia / English
    i think that there is no difference between them , but it depend on how you are going to use them. like in these situations:
    A son making a confession to his mother : I'm the one who broke the window last year !
    The mother : it's okay ! it's not a big deal.

    in another situation:
    a wife to her husband: do you prefer me to cook the dinner tonight or shall i ask the maid to cook it ?
    the husband : there is no a big deal whether you gonna cook the dinner or the housemaid .

    in both situation they have the same meaning that it's "not important"
  3. maxiogee Senior Member

    "There is no big deal whether you gonna cook dinner or the housemaid."
    It would be a seriously big deal to the housemaid!
    Anyway she'd probably be tough and hard to chew!:D
  4. TrentinaNE Senior Member

    English (American)
    "No big deal" tends to be used on its own:
    - Sorry I can't go to the movie with you tonight.
    - Don't worry. (It's) no big deal.

    I've never heard "there is no big deal whether..." and that construction sounds very odd to me!


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