What to reply to "thank you"?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by oleksii, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. oleksii Member

    London, UK
    Ukrainian & Russian
    So, what do you usually say, when someone thanks you?

    "No problem"? "No worries"? "My pleasure"?

    What else? Also, what are formal/informal forms?

    Thank you :D
  2. uchi.m

    uchi.m Banned

    Redeeming limbo
    Brazil, Portuguese
    Not at all!
    You're welcome!
  3. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
    Formal: My pleasure, Not at all (to the ambassador at a function)

    Informal/formal: You're welcome! (to an elderly stranger in the street, a work colleague, almost anyone in fact)

    Informal: No worries! (to a friend or someone who you feel comfortable with)
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
  5. fdk47 Senior Member

    Hi. Is is acceptable to say "Thank you" (with the intonation/emphasis on "you") back to when someone says "Thank you." to you in the situation below?

    David is my personal assistant.
    David asks me to confirm if the meeting for tomorrow is on, so he can set the projector in advance.
    I tell him the meeting is cancelled.
    David tells me "OK. Thank you."

    I want to tell him "thank you" for checking with me about it, since I could have told him abut the change, but I didn't (not intentionally, I was just too busy doing something else.)

    Or, if there is a better choice than saying "Thank you" back, please let me know.

    Thank you.
  6. DonnyB

    DonnyB Senior Member

    Coventry, UK
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Well, personally I'd have said something like: "Sorry, I forgot to mention it" or "Yes, I should've let you know" but maybe that's just me.
  7. fdk47 Senior Member

    I see. Generally speaking, is there such use of "Thank you" in a conversation?

    ---or, do you say "No, it is I who has to say 'Thank you'"??
  8. Susan Y Senior Member

    British English
    "No, it is I who has to say 'Thank you'" is Ok, but sounds a bit formal. I would say: "Thank you", with the emphasis on the "you" (as you suggest). You could also say: "Thank you too".

    Version 1:
    David: Is that meeting for tomorrow still on?
    Me: No, it's been cancelled.
    David: Thank you.
    Me: Thank YOU.

    Version 2:
    David: Is that meeting for tomorrow still on?
    Me: No, it's been cancelled.
    David: Thank you.
    Me: Thank you too.
  9. fdk47 Senior Member

    Thank you Susan Y!

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