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Certainly

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:22 pm

Hi everyone! Today after I paid for some things at a supermarket, I used a shopping cart to carry them to my car, suddenly a young man who I guess by his accent is American came helping me load my stuff into my car. When we were done, I said "Thank you very much!" and he replied "Certainly", he smiled and walked away. I was extremely surprised. I know "Certainly" means the same as "Of course", but is it commonly used as a response to a thank you where you live?

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Post by trolley » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:19 pm

There are many ways to respond to a thank you. They cover the spectrum from “You’re welcome”, all the way through “no sweat” and every shade in between. There’s even more opinions on which ones are acceptable. I wouldn’t say that “certainly” is a common response around here, especially from people younger than 50 or so. I have heard it lots, though and probably used it a few times. I think it is short for “you are certainly welcome” or “it was certainly my pleasure”. Similarly, you might hear “absolutely” or “of course” or “for sure”.
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Post by BonnieL » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:26 am

I've never heard it used that way, but it is understandable. Around here the favorite seems to be "no problem." Which a lot of other people have a problem with. :roll:
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Post by Stevenloan » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:55 pm

trolley and BonnieL: Thank you two a lot for the input.
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