No problemo

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no problemo

Sometimes people respond to “thank you” the same way: “you´re welcome”, “any time”, “don´t mention it”. However, whenever I hear a native English speaker  saying “no problem” I can´t help remembering the famous answer of Schwarzenegger “no problemo“.


How do native English speakers respond to “thank you”?

“In my school and university I was taught to say “Not at all” or “Don’t mention it” in response to “Thank you!”. Now I rarely hear these phrases used, but rather something like “You’re welcome”, “It’s OK”, “My pleasure”, or “No problem”.”[Signed as RedDwight]

“In common conversation in the US Midwest I rarely hear “Not at all” or “Don’t mention it.” “No problem” is very common, and “You’re welcome” is also pretty well-used.

My personal usage: I use “Not at all,” “Don’t mention it,” and “No problem” when the activity I’m being thanked for was really no big deal. I use “My pleasure” when emphasizing that I’m happy to be of assistance (often in a customer service context), and “You’re welcome” when the action prompting the thanks was a little bit of a bother. In essence I use different phrases to indicate how “thanks-worthy” the activity was.

That’s probably not common usage, though.

I think I misrepresented what I originally meant, so here’s a little clarification.

If someone thanks me for something I always do (for instance I always cook dinner in our house) then I would say “No problem” or “My pleasure” depending on context. If I did a chore that was someone else’s responsibility, I would say “You’re welcome” even if I was happy to have done it, because it took an extra effort on my part, not because it was a “bother.” “ [signed as Cori]

Also read “any time”




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One Response to “No problemo”

  1. eugeniofouz Says:

    A friend of mine suggests also “It´s alright!”
    Thanks, R

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