"same to you" and "the same to you"

  • Isotta

    Senior Member
    English, Hodgepodge
    Considering that this is a spoken expression, I think they are about the same--other natives, feel free to contradict--the only difference being that "the same to you" sounds less rushed and maybe a little more polite:

    Fred: Merry Christmas!
    Tim: Thank you, and the same to you!

    Hope this helps.

    Z.
     

    shenley

    Member
    England living in France
    "The same to you" is almost invariably a courteous expression - in reply to an expression of good wishes.
    "Same to you" can be a return insult : "get stuffed!" - "same to you". As you can imagine, it is a rather childish rejoinder.
     

    M56

    Banned
    Britain. English.
    shenley said:
    "Same to you" can be a return insult : "get stuffed!" - "same to you". As you can imagine, it is a rather childish rejoinder.

    It can be that, but is often used in conversation in the same way as "the same to you".
     
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