We say ‘thank you’ when we appreciate what someone has done for us, or when we want to be polite (e.g. a seller to a customer and vice versa). Thus, there are various ways of using and responding to this social expression.
Ways to say ‘Thank you’
Thanks very much (indeed)/Thank you very much (indeed).
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for your help/Thank you for your help.
Thanks a bunch.
Note: ‘Thanks’ is considered informal.
I really appreciate it/ I appreciate your help.
I’m grateful/ I’m so grateful.
That’s so kind of you.
You are so sweet/You’re a darling (to someone close to you).
How can I ever thank you enough(for a great help).
I can’t thank you enough
Ways to respond
You’re welcome (more formal).
It was the least I could do.
I’m happy to help.
Not at all.
Don’t mention it!
We say ‘thank you/thanks’ when we accept what we are being offered. In such a situation, ‘thank you/thanks’ means ‘yes’. However, when you start your answer with ‘no’, it means you’ve declined the offer.
1. Abdul: Would you like some tea?
Putin: Yes, please. Thanks.
2. Nyang: Would you like some more bread?
Moritz: Thank you.
3. Johnson: Would you like to go to the cinema?
Linnea: No, thanks.
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