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Tot uw dienst

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?

August 2, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

It's simply more polite. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simius

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susande

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).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

It can also be used playfully.

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