When we say thank you we meant to be pleased with someone help, attention or love. But then it comes the you are welcome.

  • does it means that thanks are welcome?

  • is the same sense when we say you are welcome to somebody arriving home?

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    When you welcome someone to a place, you are pleased to see them there. 'You are welcome' as a reply to thanks means that you are pleased that you were able to help them or give them what they wanted; politely implying that thanks are not necessary. – Kate Bunting Apr 4 '18 at 8:02
  • @KateBunting So is it a different meaning of the same sentence? – santimirandarp Apr 4 '18 at 13:21
  • Yes, except that it would be more usual just to say 'Welcome!' to a new arrival, or 'Welcome to [name of place]'. 'You're welcome' can also be said sarcastically to someone who is willing to have or experience something that you don't want. – Kate Bunting Apr 4 '18 at 15:19
  • Hmm, I can't get it. If it were thanks! And then, they are welcome, it would be clear..but "you are welcome" as implying thanks are not necessary seems ilogical for me.. – santimirandarp Apr 4 '18 at 15:24
  • Well, another polite response to being thanked is 'Don't mention it'! – Kate Bunting Apr 4 '18 at 21:25

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.

I hope this helps you. :)


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;

Hope this is helpful!

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