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"Nee, bedankt."

Translation:No, thank you.

July 16, 2014



Reported "nee" in the dropdown menu 7-16-2014.


Would this sentence be used in the same way as in English? As in both no, thank you (I don't want anything) and no, thank you (I don't deserve your thanks)? Or is usage heavily biased towards one use?


I'm not sure - my extended family is Dutch, and I've never heard it used sarcastically. But I don't see why you couldn't.


Is bedankt a formal thank you. Is there an informal way of saying thank you?

  • dankuwel ("thank you" to an older person, with respect, formal),
  • dankjewel ("thank you" to a person your age or similar or younger, formal),
  • bedankt ("thank you" either young and old, little less formal, but still formal),
  • 'dank je' ("thank you" (literally), which is the most informal of them all, but still okay to say in any situation). Notice that you can also say "dank u", which is "thank you" to an older person, more informal than dankuwel.


I noticed a comma after the 'No' and before the 'Thank you'. In English its pretty common to just respond with that phrase without a comma. Is this an intended design?


"Nee, bedankt." is just a nice and formal way to write things down. In English, when you write 'bedankt' down in a formal way and with nicely used interpunction you get "No, thanks." as well. On a regular day though you might get to see more informal sentences with less interpunction (nee bedankt / no thanks).

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