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5 New Ways to Say "Thank You" in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 @ 07:47 AM

5 new ways to say thank you in EnglishDo you sometimes feel grateful for what you have or what someone has done for you? 

Do you know how to express your gratitude to the people around you?

Do you want to be able to say "thank you" in more than just one way?

In today's post I will show you 5 ways to say it, depending on the situation.






#1) "I can't thank you enough"


This phrase is very polite and useful. It can be used when someone has done a favor for you or has helped you in some way that was very important to you.

It can also be used when there is some kind of emergency and someone has helped keep you safe and out of danger.

This term can have a sense of urgency.


Other ways to say it:

  • "You saved my job for me. I can't thank you enough."
  • "We really needed your help. I can't thank you enough."
  • "Your help made all the difference. I can't thank you enough."



#2) "I would like to thank you" or "I want to thank you"


These are both very polite and deliberate ways of saying thank you.

This could be used when someone does a favor for you and when you want to make your gratitude clear to them.


Other ways to say it:

  • "What you have done is very kind. I really want to thank you."
  • "I'd like to say thank you for what you have done."



#3) "I really appreciate this."


This is another polite way to show your thankfulness.

When you "appreciate" something or someone it means that you value what they have done for you.

This can be used when your colleague takes over your work while you are out sick or when your neighbor picks up your mail for you and brings it to your home.

It can be used in a lot of different situations.


Other ways to say it:

  • "I want you to know that I really appreciate this."
  • "I am really appreciative of this."



#4) "I'm grateful for your help."


This phrase is used less commonly but it's still useful and polite.

This could be used when someone does something rather significant for you.


Other ways to say it:

  • "I want to express my gratitude for your help."
  • "I would like to let you know that I am grateful for your help."



#5) "Thanks a lot"


This can be used for more casual, everyday situations.

Maybe someone lets you have their parking space at the mall.

Maybe a friend buys you a coffee.


Other ways to say it:


  • "Thanks."
  • "Thank you."
  • "Hey thanks!"



Go out and try using these phrases with a native speaker today!

The only way to expand your vocabulary is to practice so get started!


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