How to answer “Thanks a Lot” in English

“You’re welcome” and “no problem” are the most common ways to answer “thanks a lot”.

“Thanks a lot” is an informal way to say “thank you”. The answer for “thanks a lot”  will be the same as “thank you”.

When someone shows their gratitude and says “thank you”, it is important to recognize this and respond. 

It is also important to keep your response informal so something like “it was the least that I could do” may come across as more formal. 

5 most common ways to reply to “Thanks a lot”


1 You’re welcome

You’re welcome is the most accepted and common way to reply to “thank you” in English. It is a simple way to show that you accept someone’s gratitude. 

Make sure that you spell you’re welcome correctly as it is a very common mistake in English to write your welcome

2 No problem

“No problem” is a perfectly acceptable response to “thanks a lot” and shows that the good deed that you performed for the other person was no problem and that you would be happy to help them again.

3 Thank you

You can also say “thank you” as a way to answer “thanks a lot”. You can use this in a situation where the other person also helped you. If you want to be to show that you think they also helped you, you can say “thank you”. If you do this you should put more stress on the “you”.

4 Sure thing!

“Sure thing” is an informal way to reply to “thanks a lot”. I would say this is more common in American English.

5. No worries!

No worries is a great friendly response that I use all the time. It is more common in Australia but is becoming more popular in Europe too. 

11 ways to answer “Thanks a lot” 

  • You’re welcome 
  • No problem
  • Thank YOU
  • My pleasure
  • No worries
  • Don’t mention it 
  • Anytime
  • Happy to help
  • It was the least I could do
  • Sure thing!
  • No dramas (Australian English)

Final Thoughts

You’re Welcome is probably the most common response to “thanks a lot” and can be used in formal and informal situations.