Following on from my last blog post, in today’s post I will be looking at another polite spoken English convention. As a student of English, you most certainly would have heard someone say ‘you’re welcome’ in response to you thanking them. This is a common reply and with most phrases in the wordy English language, there are many more ways to say this. Below is a list of some of my favourites:
Say You’re Welcome in English – Informally
- Informal language should be for friends, peers and family. The sentiment is the same as more formal expressions. Just remember that informal language offends some people. Use No stress, no problem, no worries interchangeably.
- Don’t mention it might seem like a strange or even rude way to say ‘you’re welcome’. But it is common in informal situations. In essence it means that the person feels there is no need for you to thank them.
- The last expression I like to use is from a catchall word. This word is everywhere in English. And it has many, many uses. Sure thing or sure might also seem quite confusing but it is commonly used to say ‘you’re welcome’. You can say sure to say ‘yes’ when asked for permission and as for sure when agreeing wholeheartedly with something.
Say You’re Welcome in English – More Formally
- An expression that is appropriate in both formal and semi-formal situations is I’m happy to help. It can also be shortened to happy to help. It is quite clear that the action that received a thank you was done with pleasure. Happy to be of service is a much more formal. But it means the same thing.
- It’s my pleasure, or my pleasure, is a lovely positive, semi-formal expression that you can use safely in most situations.
One last thing to keep in mind is about tone. As I’ve mentioned before, the best intentions can fall flat if you don’t use polite intonation as formal expressions can easily sound sarcastic and insincere. The best idea is to practise with friends first. In this way you can avoid upsetting anyone with an inappropriate register.
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