Prego - a useful word

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 09:47

Words by Pat Eggleton

“Prego” often causes confusion because it is used a lot.

  1. It can be used to mean “You’re welcome” or “Don’t mention it” after someone has said “Thank you”.
    - Grazie.
    - Prego.

  2. A shopkeeper might use “Prego” as an equivalent of “How can I help you?” He or she is inviting the customer to say what they want.
    - Prego, signora?

  3. It can be used to mean “Come in”, usually with a hand gesture indicating the way into the house or room.

  4. Sometimes “prego” is used for “after you”. It is pronounced a bit like “Pray go” and that’s not a bad way of remembering this meaning!