Response to merci

kimberly-w15 August 30, 2013, 3:42 pm
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?
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SisterLuna-- August 30, 2013, 4:31 pm
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'.
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kimberly-w15 September 11, 2013, 3:06 am
Thank you!
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Ren-B1 September 24, 2013, 1:48 pm
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"
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SisterLuna-- September 24, 2013, 1:54 pm
Thanks Ren, thats interesting, i didn't know you could use it like that!
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Ren-B1 September 24, 2013, 2:13 pm
Try it and you may get a compliment on your knowledge of how French is spoken by the French.
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