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    sneeze, excuse me, sorry

    A)Mary covered her nose and mouth & said "excuse me" when she's sneezing in front of Peter.

    1. What should Peter reply as a courtesy?

    2. After Peter has replied, what should Mary respond again?

    3. Do the above expression apply to the situation when Mary is yawning, coughing, burping....etc.

    B) After one said "sorry'' or "excuse me" to me, which is/are the most appropriate/polite, yet up-to-date phrases to show respect to other? Would it be "no problem", "don't mention it"......etc?

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    Re: sneeze, excuse me, sorry

    For sneezing, there are two possible responses: Gesundheit or Bless you. There would be no further exchange.

    Generally other things will be ignored as most are socially unacceptable in many European societies and therefore best ignored

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    Re: sneeze, excuse me, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    For sneezing, there are two possible responses: Gesundheit or Bless you. There would be no further exchange.

    Generally other things will be ignored as most are socially unacceptable in many European societies and therefore best ignored
    1) What does Gesundheit mean? Is it English?

    2) May I reply "No problem" if one said "excuse me" to me? I felt like embarrasing and lack of interaction if I do not reply and just look at him/her as he/she shows a kind of ashamed of what he/she's just done, like coughing or burping?


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    Re: sneeze, excuse me, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1) What does Gesundheit mean? Is it English?
    Gesundheit is German for "health" i.e. I wish you good health, I hope you're not catching a cold ...
    I don't know why we say it in German, but we do.


    2) May I reply "No problem" if one said "excuse me" to me? I felt like embarrasing and lack of interaction if I do not reply and just look at him/her as he/she shows a kind of ashamed of what he/she's just done, like coughing or burping?
    Yes you may. 'No problem" is a good all purpose phrase, as is "s'okay" meaning "It's OK" - in colloquial usage. "Never mind" is another alternative.

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