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Person 1: I will send it if you wish.

Person 2: It's okay.

Does Person 2 want Person 1 to send the thing or not?

It is a positive response or a negative one?

Person 1 asking for first time, no promise made previously.

Thing send by Person 1 actually for help of Person 1 only.

And Person 1 feels like Person 2 is not interested.

  • If they were both native speakers, Person 1 would say I will send it if you wish, and Person 2 would use one of the contracted forms It's okay or That's okay. Which would still be "ambiguous", but all versions would normally be understood to mean the current situation (at which time the item hasn't been sent) is "okay", so there's no need to send it. But depending on context, it might mean the current situation (including the promise to send it) is okay, in which case it presumably wouldn't be okay if the promise were not in fact carried out. – FumbleFingers Sep 30 '15 at 14:10
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"It's okay." is commonly used as a phrase of reassurance.

"You've cut yourself. Should I get a doctor?" "It's okay. I'll be fine."

So Person 2 is reassuring Person 1 that the situation as it stands is acceptable, and Person 1 does not need to send the item.

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    That's only one possible (valid) interpretation. Suppose Person 1 was supposed to send me the package last week, but didn't. If I was Person 2, I might say, "It's okay, take your time," which would probably mean that I still want the package, but I don't want Person 1 to fret because it's being sent late. – J.R. Sep 30 '15 at 14:32
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It is not clear. Person 2 may be saying that it is okay if person 1 sends it, or he may be saying that the situation now, when person 1 has not sent it, is okay.

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