sure/you're welcome in response to 'thank you'.

jiamajia

Senior Member
Mandarin
I frequently hear people say 'sure' in response to 'thank you'.

Is there any difference among 'you are welcome' , 'not at all' and 'sure' in such a response? Thank you.
 
  • TacoNight

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Saying 'sure' is informal and less polite. Depending on the situation it could be rude. Since you are avoiding saying 'you're welcome', it can be be interpreted that the person saying 'sure' was not happy doing the task. Now, if the person said 'sure, no problem' then it's polite again (though informal).

    To just say 'not at all' when someone says 'thank you' is a bit odd, but I would understand it as 'no problem'.
     
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