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French Expression

Meaningit was nothing
Literallyof nothing

Usage notes: One of the first things taught in French class is polite vocabulary like "thank you" and "you’re welcome," and for some reason, the latter is usually de rien.

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Par exemple…

– Merci pour votre assistance. – Thank you for your help.
– De rien.

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– It was nothing.

Texting abbreviation: 2 ri 1

However, de rien is neither the best nor the most common French response to merci. "It was nothing" brushes off the thanks, but the French tend to be more gracious about acknowledging gratitude, instead using one of these expressions:

je vous en prieyou are welcomeI beg of you
merci à vousthank you(my) thanks to you
c’est moi qui vous remerciec’est moino, thank youit is I who thanks youit is I

Informal responses

il n’y a pas de quoiyapas de quoipas de quoidon’t mention itthere’s no need
je t’en prieyou’re welcomeI beg of you
merci à toithank you(my) thanks to you
pas de problèmeno problem
pas de soucipas de soucisno worries
t’inquièteno worriesdon’t worry

Regional / country-specific responses

avec plaisirmy pleasureSouth of Francewith pleasure
bienvenue you’re welcomeCanadawelcome
ça me fait plaisirmy pleasureCanadait gives me pleasure
service(at your) serviceSwitzerlandservice
s’il vous plaîtyou’re welcomeBelgiumplease

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