Response to merci

kimberly-w15

In French culture, how do you respond to someone thanking you for something? In the US we say "you're welcome". What do they say in France?

SisterLuna--

There are a few ways things you can say - 'De rien' - which is sort of like saying 'it's nothing'. I have heard this used in France when buying things in shops and cafe's. 'Je vous en prie' - which is also like 'your welcome', but used in more formal settings. There may be others.. i guess you could also say 'pas de problem'.

kimberly-w15

Thank you!

Ren-B1

If you open a door for someone or do a small favor like pick up a dropped set of keys or paper for someone you can say Je vous en prie before that person would say anything and then they might say Merci. It is like "here you go" or "allow me"

SisterLuna--

Thanks Ren, thats interesting, i didn't know you could use it like that!

Ren-B1

Try it and you may get a compliment on your knowledge of how French is spoken by the French.

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