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When someone says con permiso, for example when squeezing through a crowd, what is the appropriate response? For example, in English we might say something like "sorry" or "go ahead."

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In Spain I've used or heard being used the following:

  • Por supuesto
  • Pasa / Pase
  • Tranquilo
  • Claro
  • Sin problema

I'm sure there's more, but those are very common.

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In Mexico we use:

  • Pase usted.
  • Adelante.
  • Pásele. (which sounds more informal)
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    "Siga" but also very informal
    – César
    Jan 7, 2012 at 14:25
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    Sometimes I say: "Sí, claro" indicating with my hands he can go ahead, or "Sí, perdone/disculpe" if it was my fault because I was blocking his way and I could have avoided it.
    – Javi
    Jan 7, 2012 at 16:41
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    Siga is a good one!
    – Jose Luis
    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:33
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In Mexico, another common response to "con permiso" is "propio". Literally, it signifies, "you own/you have permission" to pass by.

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  • I agree completely with adding "Propio" to the list of responses commonly found in Mexico that was contributed earlier by Alfredo. In fact, as I was reading Alfredo's post I was thinking, Yes, those are good, but I better add "Propio." // as for the usage, there isn't much to say. Someone says, "Con permiso," and you say, "Propio." Just like in Alfredo's answer. Jun 5, 2018 at 4:13
  • I heard “propio” in Guatemala as well!
    – ChrisJF
    Feb 5, 2019 at 14:16

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