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

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.
 
  • 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"
     

    maxiogee

    Banned
    imithe
    Mr.Blue said:
    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 .
    "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
     

    TrentinaNE

    Senior Member
    USA
    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!

    Elizabeth
     
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