What is the correct way to say it?

  • It's not a big deal to me.
  • It's not a big deal for me.

Also, should I use "it's not" or "it's no"?


Either is acceptable. I would probably choose "for me", personally, but I would not think it strange to hear someone speak either form.

As for your second question, I would say that "It's no big deal for me" carries more emphasis on 'no' than "It's not a big deal for me." Both are equally acceptable, and the difference is very subtle (in fact, some people may disagree with me on that difference in the first place).

  • thanks, the second question is in regard to no* vs not Nov 15 '10 at 18:57
  • Ok, I revised my answer now that I understand your second question better.
    – pkaeding
    Nov 15 '10 at 19:02

Also, you can use "not" or "no", but if you use "no", you need to omit the article, "a".

It's not a big deal. It's no big deal.

  • This is a good answer, but it only addresses the last part of the question. The first part asked which preposition would be appropriate to use before me (to or for). Also, your answer could be improved with some sort of authoritative corroboration.
    – Bread
    Mar 26 '18 at 3:29

All the variations you list are correct. Stylistically, I would go with either:

It's not a big deal to me.


It's no big deal for me.

The meaning is just barely different between these: the "for me" construction carries more of a 'volunteering for a task' implication than the "to me" version. So "The choice of stuffing for this year's turkey is really not a big deal to me", but "Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is no big deal for me."


"To me" to me (lol) seems to express opinion, whereas, "for me" is talking more about how something affects you.

Examples: To me, it's too hot in here. (In my opinion, it needs to be cooler in here. A cooler temperature would better suite this place/situation.) It's too hot for me. (It's hotter than what I can handle.)

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