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What is the proper usage of "take your time"? Can we use it in the following context?

Rachel sent me an email saying that she is busy and will not be able to meet me until the following week.

In a reply to her, can I use "take your time"?

That's fine. Take your time.

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This isn't quite right. "Take your time" normally applies to completion of some task or duty rather than to non-specific delays.

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So what could be a better alternative? –  Noah Jun 20 '12 at 10:33
    
You can just use an unadorned "That's fine." Or append "Whenever you can," or "It's not (terribly) urgent." Just about anything will do. –  James McLeod Jun 20 '12 at 16:24
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Another common response would be "No rush" –  Digital Powers Jun 20 '12 at 22:39

Yes, you can — provided you are sure she will understand it.

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How could I make sure that she will understand it? Is there a better version, probably more clearer and natural? –  Noah Jun 20 '12 at 10:28
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@Noah: It depends on how well you know her. An alternative might be 'There's no hurry.' –  Barrie England Jun 20 '12 at 10:39

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