29/08/16 Replies to Thanks

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In English, there is not an automatic answer to Thank you; British people, especially, do not usually answer when they are thanked for small things. If a reply is necessary, we can say Not at all (rather formal), You’re welcome, Don’t mention it, That’s (quite) all right or That’s OK (informal British).

Compare:

  • Could you pass the salt?
  • Here you are.
  • Thanks.

(no answer)

  • Here’s your coat.
  • Thanks.

(no answer)

  • Thanks so much for looking after the children.
  • That’s all right. Any time.

(answer necessary)