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    Returning some object.

    Whenever we borrow some small things like pen,book etc.What would we say while returning it apart from saying thank you?

    Here is your pen.Is it correct?

    (I know that Thank you for your pen would be the appropriate one but in my mother tongue we don't say thank you when we borrow something like pen from our close friends or very beloved one.We just indicate that we are returning it.)

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    Re: Returning some object.

    Surely your *language* has the ability to say "thank you for your pen" but your culture doesn't find it natural.

    For people who speak English as their native language, the "thank you for your pen line" is the natural thing to say from a cultural perspective. If you just say "Here's you pen" you may get a sarcastic "Uh... you're welcome" in return.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Returning some object.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Surely your *language* has the ability to say "thank you for your pen" but your culture doesn't find it natural.
    In my language Thank you is considered a little formal between close friends but nowadays they say "thank you" in English.

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    Re: Returning some object.

    Whenever we borrow some small things like pen,book etc.What would we say while returning it apart from saying thank you?
    Here is your pen.Is it correct?
    (I know that Thank you for your pen would be the appropriate one but in my mother tongue we don't say thank you when we borrow something like pen from our close friends or very beloved one.We just indicate that we are returning it.)


    As Barb_D says, when returning a borrowed pen to a friend or family member it's still usual to show your appreciation in some small way. There are many informal ways of saying "thanks" without sounding too formal and, indeed, a brief "thanks mum/sis/mate etc" is a common form, as is "thanks for that". In my part of the world and I believe in the UK, "ta" is very common as a quick thanks when, for example, someone passes you the salt at dinner.

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