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What are the common ways of responding to an apology? In English, if someone says "Sorry I didn't/couldn't do (whatever)" (or simply bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry") we'd say things like:

  • No problem.
  • It's fine.
  • Don't worry about it.
  • It's cool.
  • No worries.

What phrases can be used for this situation in Spanish?

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You can say the following:

  • No hay problema = No problem.
  • No importa. = It's fine.
  • No te preocupes. = Don't worry about it.
  • Está bien. = It's cool.

As to "no worries" I can't think of a proper translation. But anothe alternative is "tranquilo".

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"No worries" is just the Australian colloquial way to say exactly the same as "no problem". –  hippietrail Nov 27 '11 at 11:39
    
It's not just Australian. It's used across the UK, too –  Brian E Nov 27 '11 at 11:52

In Spain at least:

If someone bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry", you can answer "sorry" too (Perdón), or "no problem" (No pasa nada) or just "Nada". But answering "tranquilo" could sound like "hey, relax man" or "keep it easy" if it's not said politely :)

Answering an apology for something more formal would be just the offerings on the previous reply.

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Thanks, and welcome! –  jrdioko Nov 26 '11 at 17:42
    
Glad to be of help! –  Juanga Covas Jun 26 '13 at 11:08

Don't know if it is universally accepted, but "no es nada" is very usual:

Disculpe, no quise pisarle la nariz

No te preocupes, no es nada

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