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I am learning Spanish and ran across "De nada" and "No hay de qué". Both mean "You're welcome" . What's the difference?

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Possible duplicate of "Are there any differences between “de nada” and “por nada”?"? –  Miguel Feb 15 '12 at 23:57
    
"No hay de que solo mas de papa." - Chespirito –  Alfredo Osorio Feb 21 '12 at 22:42

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It's just a matter of regional preferences.

No hay de qué might be a bit more formal in some contexts, but they mean exactly the same.

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I assume the correct spelling is que and not qué, since the latter is (in my understanding) only used in questions... am I wrong? –  Flimzy Feb 16 '12 at 7:13
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@Flimzy the correct spelling is "no hay de qué". "Qué" is used not only in direct and indirect questions but also in direct/indirect exclamations. –  Javi Feb 16 '12 at 10:12
    
@Javi: Would you (or someone) be willing to add that to my answer here? –  Flimzy Feb 16 '12 at 19:10
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@Flimzy I have updated that answer. Feel free to change anything I've added/changed if you don't agree. –  Javi Feb 17 '12 at 8:34
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Am I the only one who gets a “don’t worry about it” sense from No hay de qué? –  tchrist Feb 19 '12 at 16:02

There is another way in Spain:

No hay por qué darlas

It means that you don't need to thank me because helping you was easy for me, or our personal relation is so strong that helping you is taken for granted. Actually, the three forms have the same sense, as 'De nada' and 'No hay de qué' can be considered shorter forms of 'No hay por qué darlas'.

All the three forms are common, with 'De nada' being the most common due to its shortness.

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If you say "No hay por qúe darlas" in Mexico people will screw with you. That's because "darlas" can also be tought as "dar las nalg** a alguien". In Mexico that's called "alburear". You can find the definition here: rae.es/alburear –  Alfredo Osorio Feb 22 '12 at 21:17
    
Yup, that is a totally no-no in Mexico, it'd imply a sexual innuendo more commonly known as "albur" –  Gustavo Rubio May 22 at 19:35

They both serve the same function and the difference is a matter of style/nuance. In English, you might say one of the following:

you're welcome

my pleasure

no problem

of course

Or any number of other variations. In Spanish you'll find the same is true:

de nada

no hay de qué

las que tu tienes

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"De nada" purely means, "you're welcome", but not literally. "No hay the qué" more directly translates to, "It's my pleasure." This is what I have gathered from just several years in learning Spanish.

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In Mexico de nada - or por nada- is a common reply to Gracias. I am now studying Sp in Costa Rica where they take de nada more literally hence offensive. To the locals de nada means more like It was unimportant and i dont care. Here the appropriate response to Gracias. is - Mucho gusto - Its my pleasure Similarly me da igual is apropriate while No me importa is somewhat offensive

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