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Thanking people

The British have a great variety of ways to thank people and showing appreciation for a gift or an act of kindness. Here are ten of them.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

  1. Thanks.
  2. Cheers.
  3. Thank you very much.
  4. I really appreciate it.
  5. You've made my day.
  6. How thoughtful.
  7. You shouldn't have.
  8. That's so kind of you.
  9. I am most grateful.
  10. We would like to express our gratitude.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English

  1. Phrases 1 and 2 are fairly informal. People often say them without really thinking about it. We use them when somebody does something small to help you.
  2. Phrases 3 and 4 are more formal. We use these when somebody has done something quite large or important to help you.
  3. We use phrase 6 when somebody gives you a present. We are saying thank you to the other person for thinking about you and deciding to give a present.
  4. Phrase 7 is also for receiving a present. You are saying that the other person is too generous. It does NOT mean that the person speaking is angry or annoyed.
  5. Phrases 9 and 10 are more formal. Phrase 10 is especially formal and is only used in business letters and formal speeches.