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.

  • So what could be a better alternative?
    – Noah
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 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. Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 16:24
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    Another common response would be "No rush" Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 22:39

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

  • How could I make sure that she will understand it? Is there a better version, probably more clearer and natural?
    – Noah
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 10:28
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    @Noah: It depends on how well you know her. An alternative might be 'There's no hurry.' Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 10:39

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