"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 Banned

    "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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