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In response to "Thank you", one usually says, "You are welcome". Can this phrase be shortened and just say, "Welcome"?

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    Although some native speakers might reduce their response to the single-word form, you should be aware that if you say it with an obviously non-native accent, many people would simply assume you didn't know any better (rather than classifying you as a very attentive and conscientious learner, with your finger on the pulse of idiomatic usage). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 20 '16 at 17:06
  • This question appears to be generating a lot of controversy! We have a lot of native speakers saying "yes, this is common and acceptable" and a lot of native speakers saying "no, this is not common or acceptable". – stangdon Dec 20 '16 at 23:12
  • I can tell you this is extremely common ( more common than "you're welcome") in some regions where I have lived ( eg. southeast asia ) and rare in others ( parts of america and england ), but not to the point of sounding awkward or genuinely confusing. In Australia, I heard mostly "no worries/problem", never "welcome". – Callus - Reinstate Monica Dec 21 '16 at 1:27
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You're welcome.

can be shortened to just

welcome

but more often

pleasure (BrE)
no problem

get used. "Welcome" by itself is most often used as a greeting.
As in most circumstances intonation and context are key.

Here is an interesting take on why one should not say "you're welcome" but instead

I know you’d do the same for me.

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    "Pleasure" gets used in BrE as a shortened for of "my pleasure". – Peter Dec 20 '16 at 17:15
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    ?! This may be a regional difference, but if I said "Thank you" to someone, and they replied "Welcome", I would immediately think that person was a non-native speaker. In the northeastern US at least, it is most certainly not common to just reply "Welcome." – stangdon Dec 20 '16 at 18:08
  • @stangdon Also from the same area, and I have definitely heard just “welcome” as short for “you’re welcome.” The key is that it has to sound like “you’re welcome” without the “you’re,” which is different (in... tone? maybe? not sure of terminology) from “welcome” used to greet someone entering your home or what have you. – KRyan Dec 20 '16 at 19:31
  • @stangdon I agree with you, I'm from the southeastern US, but have travelled all over the US. The image that popped into my mind when I thought of replying to "Thank You" with just "Welcome" was a toddler who was still learning to speak. – Kevin Dec 20 '16 at 21:44
  • The less formal, "welcome" should probably be something like "yu' welcome", where the "you're" is not emphasized or even finished. More breathed than said. Similarly, "no problem" would probably be said "no prob'" in casual settings. – valbaca Dec 20 '16 at 22:26
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Yes, but it's informal and can come off as terse or insincere, depending on the recipient.

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