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What do English speakers say: no worry, no worries or don’t worries?
Not all of these expressions are correct and we’ll explain why below. The short answer is that:
- “No worry” is incorrect.
- “No worries” is correct.
- “Don’t worry” is correct.
- “Don’t worries” is incorrect.
Let’s apply these expressions correctly in sentences with an appropriate context.
No Worry or No Worries
“No worry” is an incorrect expression. Instead, we would say, “no worries.”
“No worries” is a common idiomatic expression that means “it’s fine” or “it’s all right.” You can use this phrase to reassure someone who is worried or to tell someone not to worry.
If you didn’t get time to call your family because you had a lot of other work to prioritize, your family could say “no worries” to show that it’s not a big deal and doesn’t require an apology.
“No worries” can also be used as a standalone sentence when you want to reassure someone. This is not rude, unlike answering the one-worded answer “yep,” as discussed in a previous article.
Other Example Sentences with “No Worries”
- “I don’t understand how to do this report.” -“No worries, I’ll help you.”
- “Thank you for minding the kids for the hour.” -“No worries. We had fun!”
- Sorry, we’ll be a few minutes late.” -“No worries, we just got here.
- “I completely forgot to bring a gift.” -“No worries! It’s fine!”
- “Thanks for covering my work shift today.” -“No worries.”
- “Thanks for the ride” -“No worries. I was driving this way anyway!”
Don’t Worry or Don’t Worries
“Don’t worry” is the correct idiomatic expression to use when you want someone to stop worrying.
We never say, “don’t worries.”
For example, if your friend is worried about an upcoming test, you could say: “Don’t worry, you’ll get through this!”
Other Example Sentences with “Don’t Worry”
- “I’m feeling a little sick.” -“Don’t worry, you’ll feel better soon.”
- “I’m sorry I was so late.” -“Don’t worry, it’s okay.”
- “I think we’ll lose this game.” -“Don’t worry, there’s still time!”
- “I totally forgot to call you.” -“Don’t worry, I forgive you!”
- “Is everything okay?” -“Yes, don’t worry! I’m just tired.”
- “Don’t worry about the kitchen. I’ll clean it up!”
- “Thanks for giving me a lift to the bus station.” -“Don’t worry about it. I’m heading in this direction anyway!”
As you can see, the phrase “don’t worry” is very versatile and can be used in many different situations.
“No Worries” or “Don’t Worry”?
“No worries” and “don’t worry” are often used interchangeably, but there are some slight differences that should be noted.
“No worries” is used for casual situations that don’t need any cause for concern. No worries” is often used to respond to “thank you.” It is another way of saying “no problem” or “your welcome.” “No worries” has a more relaxed tone than the expression “don’t worry.
“Don’t worry” can be used in casual and polite conversations to also mean there is no cause for concern. “Don’t worry” is also used when the person is upset, worried, or anxious. This is a more genuine way of telling someone not to be worried. “No worries” would be too casual in this case.
Alternatives to “No Worries” or “Don’t Worry”
You can use other expressions to reassure someone who is worried.
- “It’s all good” is an expression that means “don’t worry.”
- “It’ll be fine” is another way to say “don’t worry.”
- “There’s nothing to worry about” or “not to worry!” is a way to tell someone don’t worry.
- “Don’t fret” is an expression that asks a person not to worry so much.
- “Cheer up!” is a way to tell someone not to worry or be sad and to be happy instead.
- “It doesn’t matter” is a way to tell someone that something is not important and not to worry about it.
- “Don’t mention it” or “it was nothing” is another way to say “no worries.”
- “Don’t sweat it” is a casual, informal expression that means “don’t worry” or “no worries.”
- “Take it easy” and “chill out” are casual expressions that mean to relax and not worry so much.
- “I’m here for you” shows that you’re supporting and there for your friend in their time of need.
Which expression is best to use will depend on the context and situation. However, “no worries” is the most commonly used and accepted expression to mean that it is no big deal and you don’t need to apologize or say thank you.
“It Means No Worries” Song
Ever heard of “Hakuna Matata” from the movie The Lion King?
"… It means no worries For the rest of your days It's our problem-free philosophy Hakuna Matata!… "
“Hakuna Matata” actually comes from Swahili, an Eastern African language. It means “no troubles” or “no problems.” Here it is; you’re welcome!
So, now you know the difference between “don’t worry” and “no worries”! We also know that “no worry” and “don’t worries” are incorrect forms of the idiom.
Use the correct expression in the correct situation, and your friend will be reassured that everything is okay! Or use some of the alternative ways to express yourself.
Thanks for reading! How do you tell others not to worry? Let me know in the comment section below!
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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.