Consider following situation

You are a polite person and you hold a door open for someone that comes immediately after you. He/she says: "Thank You!"

What is the correct expression to reply to him/her? I was thinking of Here you are but I am not sure.

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    "You are (very) welcome" and "My pleasure" are formal, and "No problem" is informal. "Here you are" would be something you'd say as you held the door, before he went through. – MorganFR May 12 '16 at 12:09
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    Define "properly". – Drew May 12 '16 at 13:44
  • @Drew By properly I meant in an appropriate fashion (correct English expression in the right register). – Karlo May 12 '16 at 15:03
  • Define "an appropriate fashion". the point is that this question is primarily opinion-based. – Drew May 12 '16 at 16:04
  • @Drew I understand that you consider this question to be opinion-based. However, my goal was to find the correct English expression in the right register, something that may not be straightforward for non-native speakers. – Karlo May 13 '16 at 7:18

Just say: You're welcome. / You're very welcome. / No problem.

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    Or just a bright smile. – Dan May 12 '16 at 13:06

"De nada" or, adding to an Australian trend, "no worries".

This is because the most polite answer to any expressions of gratitude is to point out that no gratitude is needed.


"No problem' with a smile! that would be good!

  • Please explain why this is a suitable ways to reply to "Thank you", given the above context. – Matt E. Эллен May 18 '16 at 15:07

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