you shouldn't have

This page is about the conversational phrase you shouldn't have


This is a polite thing to say after someone has given you a gift, or done something to please you.

For example

  • "I bought you this necklace."
    "Oh, Harry. You shouldn't have! It's beautiful!"

  • "It's all arranged, and it'll be the biggest wedding of the year!"
    "You shouldn't have, Daddy! I can't thank you enough."

Usually only used by couples, close friends and relatives.

Quick Quiz

After being given flowers by her husband, she said, "You shouldn't have!

a. We can't afford these!"

b. You know I hate flowers!"

c. That's so sweet of you."

Contributor: Matt Errey