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    Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    I have heard someone said "Ok" to reply to a "Thank you". I believe that "all right" has the same meaning as "Ok". So, can I use it to reply to a "Thank you"? I've used it before, but I feel like it's a little impolite; it's like "not care that the other person is grateful to you".

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    Stick with "you're welcome".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    "OK" or "alright" sound pretty meaningless to me.
    What are they supposed to mean? What is OK or alright?
    In Australia, it is common to hear " no worries".
    No worries about what? It is a local culture of course and does not have to mean anything.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    In the US, you often hear "no worries" as well. No worries about what? About being overly appreciative.

    I sometimes use "yeah" or "of course" in response to "thank you" but "OK" and "alright" are strange.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    You're right that "OK" and "all right" sound somewhat abrupt and I wouldn't use the latter. However, saying "That's OK" is commonly heard in BrE. "You're welcome" is the most polite and you can't go wrong if you use it. You'll also hear "No problem" and, occasionally, "No worries" though I still associate the latter with Australian English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    I'll never forget thanking an American gent for holding a door open for me at the Yosemite National Park gift shop.

    He replied 'Certainly' - non-standard but refreshing*.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    My responses to "thank you" are:

    1. You're welcome.
    2. No problem.
    3. It's nothing.
    4.

    Which one I used depends on the context of the situation.
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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    I think "Thank you, you are welcome" is okay.
    Not a teacher

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I think "Thank you, you are welcome" is okay.
    Not when it is said by the same person.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Can I use "all right" in reply to a "thank you" ?

    I know "you're welcome" is the most common reply. But it doesn't really make sense to me; welcome to what? And in some cases, I don't really want to do the thing. For examples, the boss assigns me a job to do, and he says "Thank you"; or I hold the door for someone. Sometimes, they are just things that I'm supposed to do in that circumstance. "You're welcome" is polite, but doesn't reflect the true feeling; because I'm not really happy to do it.
    "Sure", "Of course", "Certainly" don't sound fine to me. Do they mean the other person is supposed to thank you, when you do them a favor?
    "Ok" , to me, it's fine. It's like, accept the other person's appreciation. But "all right" is a little abrupt, indeed.
    In my opinion, "No problem" is another good option. "No worries" is, of course, doesn't make any sense; like 'andrewg927' said, worry about what? :)
    Last edited by fruitninja; 09-Aug-2017 at 20:47.

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