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Tot uw dienst

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There are obviously many ways to render niceties in any language, but I was wondering if certain phrases are really only associated with specific regions of the Netherlands. In particular, on duoLingo we learn "graag gedaan" as the general "you're welcome," but a friend of mine tends to use the above phrase (tot uw dienst). Is that more dialectal or just as universal?

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4 years ago

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It's simply more polite. ;)

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Reply14 years ago

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It literally means "at your service" and carries the same amount of formality as that phrase does in English.

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Reply4 years ago

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Indeed, and since the Dutch are usually not very formal, it's not used that often, only in specific cases (e.g. some very polite shop assistant, in the army talking to a superior).

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Reply4 years ago

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It can also be used playfully.

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Reply4 years ago