je vous en prie

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “pray do”, “I beg you (to do so)”.

Phrase[edit]

je vous en prie

  1. please do, go ahead, be my guest.
    —Puis-je fermer la porte ? —Je vous en prie !
    "Can I close the door?", "Please do!"
  2. you're welcome (after being thanked).

Usage notes[edit]

  • This phrase is more formal than de rien.

Synonyms[edit]