English speaking - Lessons :Thank you is more formal than Thanks.
Thank you for/ thanks for can be followed by an –ing form.
- 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 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)
Saying Please :
We use please to make a request more polite.
- Would you move a bit, please?
- Could you open the window, please?
- Would you like some help?’ ‘Yes, please.’
- ‘Do you mind if I open the window?’ ‘Please do.’
We do not use please to ask people what they have said.
- ‘I have got a bit of a headache.’ ‘I beg your pardon?’ (NOT … Please?)
- ‘John is on the phone.’ ‘Sorry?’ (NOT …Please?)
* ‘Thanks a lot.’ ‘That’s OK.’ (NOT … ‘Please.’)