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Last week, my colleague asked me to help on something, he said, “Sorry to be a pain, I just hoping to get it done shortly”. Actually, it didn’t bother me at all and it is a part of my job. Is there a courteous English phrase should I use to reply this kind of questions? Thank you for any advice in advance. :)

  • Hi Jacky, welcome to English Language & Usage (EL&U), which is "a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts". You may not be aware of another site, English Language Learners, which might be very useful for you; it provides a "library of detailed answers to every question about learning the English language." FWIW, a reply of "It's no trouble at all" or "I'm happy to help" is a standard courtesy. – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Aug 28 '16 at 4:47
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All in a day's work. Don't mention it.

Should convey what you want to say pretty courteously.

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"It's no trouble"

"Don't apologize!"

"Don't worry about it"

"That's fine, it's what I'm here for"

"No problem"

"Sounds great"

"I'll get right on it"

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If you're on close enough terms with your correspondent, I like the Aussie slang "no wuckers", which derives from the spoonerism "no wucking furries".

  • That is nice, but considering its origins, I don't think I would recommend it to someone who is asking for a "courteous" phrase to use with a colleague. – herisson Aug 28 '16 at 23:04
  • Well, not unless he or she has Aussie notions of courtesy. – Corvus Aug 29 '16 at 0:11

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