We say thank you when pleased with someone's help or attention. Usually it is replied: you are welcome.


  1. does it mean that thanks are welcome?
  2. is it the same sense when we say you are welcome to somebody arriving at home?

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Collins defines "you're welcome" for English language learners as:

You say 'You're welcome' to someone who has thanked you for something in order to acknowledge their thanks in a polite way.

Additionally it is defined as:

In American

[Y]ou're under no obligation for the favor given;

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does it means that thanks are welcome?

When someone says "you're welcome", they usually mean that you were welcome to whatever you had thanked them for. For example, if the person had given you a cake and you said "thank you", if they respond "you're welcome" they're saying that you are welcome to the cake; that they are happy to give it to you. It is also often used to be polite to the person who said "thank you"; you can think of it as being almost like thanking the person who said thank you.

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