What is the Word classes (or parts of speech) of the following words? and what is the clause elements of them?

  • Thank you for coming here ...
  • Thanks you for coming here ...

I think both of thank and thanks are verbs and the subject is omitted.

  • (I) Thank you for coming here ...
  • (John: the name of the person I'm talking with) Thanks you for coming here ...

I'm not sure about it. but If I'm right regards the above, so we cant't use thanks with plurals, Is it correct?

(guys) thanks thank you coming here ...

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Thank is a verb, as you say, and the subject (I, we, they) is understood.

Thanks is a noun, but also an interjection.

So you can't say

Thanks you!


he/she thanks you

is fine and


is also fine by itself.

See: How to parse" Thanks a lot"?

  • Thank you, but it is commonly used. event there is books titles use it "Thanks for the Memories" goodreads.com/book/show/2410506.Thanks_for_the_Memories?
    – Shannak
    Mar 4, 2017 at 11:25
  • @Shannak As I say, thanks (shorthand for thank you) is fine by itself. It's less formal and more likely to be used between friends and among families. Mar 4, 2017 at 11:28
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    @Shannak Yes, that's thanks on its own. Although 'thank you' has become established, you can think of it as an abbreviated version of 'I thank you', where the pronoun 'I' requires plural agreement.
    – Lawrence
    Mar 4, 2017 at 11:31
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    @Shannak You may need a comma, "thanks, for the memories". Mar 4, 2017 at 11:37
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    @Lawrence No, it never makes sense to say I takes plural agreement. English has a third person singular affix -s (he/she thanks), but the reason this affix is not used when the subject is I is because it isn't third person singular. I is of course first person singular.
    – user230
    Mar 4, 2017 at 12:03

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