Is the phrase "I'm glad it helped" grammatically correct?

And if it is, does it express correctly that I am more than happy that I could help someone?

  • Yes, we understand that you are a native speaker of Spanish. That is entirely irrelevant, however, to what kind of questions belongs on which site.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:27

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"I'm glad it helped" is grammatically correct. But it doesn't mean that you're glad you helped, it means you're glad that something helped. It might, from context, be clear that it was something you said, did, or gave them. But "I'm glad it helped" alone doesn't say that.

You can say "I'm glad I helped" or "I'm glad I was able to help" to indicate what you want. But you can't say "I'm glad it helped" unless it's clear what it is you are referring to -- some specific thing that helped.

  • Thx for the explanation. What I'd like to know is how to formally express the same idea, for example when you are talking with your CEO, and ways to express the same idea less formal.
    – Jupaol
    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:47
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    It really depends what the idea is. Perhaps you want "I'm glad I was able to help" or "I'm always happy to help". Less formally, you can even say, "Glad to be of help" or "Always glad to help". If you're already specifically talking about something you did that helped, you can say, "Glad it helped". Jul 12, 2012 at 10:51
  • @jupaol: I don't think there is a problem with your sentence being too informal. If you wanted to be as formal as possible, avoid the contraction (Use "I am" rather than "I'm").
    – horatio
    Jul 12, 2012 at 14:51
  • @David but if referring is obvious can i use I'm glade it helped or not? for example suppose i wrote an article here and somebody appreciated, then i want to say something as welcome.
    – QMaster
    Aug 8, 2014 at 14:53
  • @DavidSchwartz what about "I'm glad I have helped"? I use this structure a lot and for a moment I doubted it. Jun 23, 2018 at 7:31

I'm glad it helped is certainly grammatical, and it expresses the meaning you indicate. There are variations including, for example, I’m glad I was able to help. More briefly, you can say My pleasure.

  • Which one of them is considered as the most formal expression?
    – Jupaol
    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:24
  • @Jupaol: The first two are more formal than the third, and of the first two, the second is the more formal. Jul 12, 2012 at 10:46

This is very much comprehensible and commonly used, but it is not grammatically correct as the word "that" has been omitted. I know that it's pedantic but don't tell the guy that his sentence is absolutely correct. Of course, I would definitely advise a foreigner in England to use this phrase as it is polite and idiomatic.

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    So are you telling us that the following sentence is ungrammatical? - 'I know it's pedantic but don't tell the guy his sentence is absolutely correct.' Jul 12, 2012 at 12:07
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    And yes, my sentence was ungrammatical. I am not an advocate of pedantry, nor would I ever suggest that the OP's sentence is bad in any way. I was simply answering the question.
    – JamesHH
    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:50
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    @JamesHH The place where you’re being absurd is your false claim that dropping the that somehow renders an English sentence ungrammatical. It most certainly does no such thing.
    – tchrist
    Jul 12, 2012 at 13:06
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    I belive what my dick f****** tells me. Let's just forget about this post. It can be an interesting discussion for others to read.
    – JamesHH
    Jul 12, 2012 at 13:39
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    With all due respect, "I belive what my dick f****** tells me" is not a rule of formal English that I am familiar with. The actual rules are outlined elsewhere on this site and clearly contradict what you say.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 12, 2012 at 14:14

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