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Brian Chang Hoi Chong │ 第75期 一月號 澳大人

Six Alternative Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

‘Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.’ ~ William Arthur Ward

Expressing gratitude is quite common around the world and English-speaking countries are no exception. Here are six commonly used phrases to express appreciation on various occasions.

1.Thanks a + lot/ million/ ton
a. For informal contexts, such as daily conversations and text messages.

b. For satirical purposes when you emphasise the last word of the phrase.

Example:

Tom: Jerry, I have told your girlfriend that you are going to throw a par ty on her birthday.
Jerry: Oh! Thanks a million! I just lied to her that I wouldn’t be in Macau that day.

2.You are + a star/ a lifesaver

For informal occasions, especially when someone has been helpful to you.

Example:

Tom: I’ve completed your part and submitted the whole thing.
Jerry: You are a star, Tom.
Tom: No problem. I actually didn’t write your name.

3.To give a shout-out to somebody

An expression to show admiration and gratitude in public.

Example:

Jerry: (At his wedding) Today, I want to give a shout-out to Tom, my best bud.

4.You shouldn’t have

Usually used when thanking someone who has given you a present or done you a favour which you did not expect.

Example:

Jerry: Oh, Tom, I didn’t expect such a grand wedding gift. You shouldn’t have.

5.Thank you for taking the trouble to …

For formal use, especially when someone has spent time and effort to help you.

Example:

Dear professor, thank you for taking the trouble to write me a strong letter of recommendation.

6.Your support is greatly appreciated

In formal and professional situations, such as business emails and letters.

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