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Thanks and thank you

Posted By Manjusha, Filed in English Speaking

Thank you is more formal than thanks.

  • Thank you. (NOT Thanks you.)
  • Thanks a lot. (NOT Thank you a lot.)
  • Thank you very much.
  • Thanks very much.
  • Thank God it’s Friday. (NOT Thanks God …)
  • Thank you very much indeed. (BUT NOT Thank you indeed.)

Thank you for/ thanks for can be followed by an –ing form.

  • Thank you for coming.
  • Thanks for everything.

We often use Thank you/Thanks to accept offers.

  • ‘Would you like some coffee?’ ‘Thank you.’

To refuse an offer, you can say No thank you/ No thanks.

  • ‘Another cake?’ ‘No, thanks. I have eaten too many already.’
Replies to thanks

British people, do not usually answer when they are thanked for small things. If a reply is a necessary, we can say Not at all (formal), You are welcome, Don’t mention it, That’s quite all right or That’s OK (informal).

  • ‘Here is your coat.’ ‘Thanks.’ (no answer)
  • ‘Thanks so much for looking after the children.’ ‘That’s all right.’ (answer necessary)


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