Could anyone kindly tell me what's the difference between the phrases "after you" and "you go first". What could be the appropriate contexts for respectively using these two phrases?
Thanks for the reply, Raymott. That's helpful for me to challenge the saying among some English teachers, Mandarin-speaking background, that they consider "after you" is more polite that "you go first".
Actually, in England, I would consider 'after you' to be more polite.
I have a bit of a fear going down escalators. I would say 'after you' to a stranger, but 'you go first' to my husband or friend.
Same would apply, apart from the fear factor, of course, when going through a door.
Hope that helps, at the very least it may spark a discussion.
PS It may be a typo but you use 'than' rather than 'that' in the context above.
I think there is a subtle difference.That's helpful for me to challenge( the saying among) some English teachers(,) of Mandarin-speaking background(, that they) who consider "after you" (is) as being more polite that "you go first".
'You go first' sounds like an order.
'After you' may mean the same thing, but is an indirect way of telling a person to go first.
not a teacher
I agree with those who state that "After you" is more polite -- to a very high degree, actually.