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When two persons help each other and one said "thank you" then is it right to say "Thank you" in the response.

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I personally would respond with "No, thank you" or "thank you." That is, there's an emphasis that I consider the other person to have been of equal or greater help. (American English)

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Sounds good to me. You could also say "You, too" or "Thank you, too" or "Ditto" or anything equivalent.

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an equivalent: likewise – Xantix Nov 9 '12 at 10:06

mkennedy and Hackworth are right, but one might also say "and thank you for the [blah blah blah]". If one parrots "thank you" then it is possible that one's gratitude might sound hollow, so adding detail of what you are grateful for might make the utterance sound more genuine.

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I thought that the person who receive the "Thank you" will say "You're welcome".

In your example: Jack and I have helped each other. Then Jack will say "Thank you" to me and I will say "You're welcome." After that, I will say "Thank you" to Jack and Jack will say "You're welcome too".

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