I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope?

Please have a consideration in my examples:

A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. He always helps his surrounding people. When I divorced I was very discouraged. He gave me a lot of hope. I'll never forget that.

B) Yeah, I know him well. He always gives hope to people.

Are the defined sentences above natural?

Also, how can I thank someone who has been very hope-giving towards me? Can I say:

  • Thank you for giving me hope.

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Yes this is a pretty normal phrase in English (certainly in the UK).

To give - to offer something to someone, or to provide someone with something) def.

Hope - the feeling that something desired can be had or will happen def.

To give [someone] hope - to offer the feeling that something will happen

All your phrases make sense, I would just consider changing your word order for the following:

He always gives people hope

  • Superb; just please tell me why did you rephrased "He always gives people hope"? Is it weong to use the structure: "give hope to someone" and I must always use "give someone hope" @Bee?
    – A-friend
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 14:51
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    I don't believe the way you have written it is wrong. It just sounds more natural the way I have phrased it, I can't exactly put my finger on why.
    – Gamora
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 15:11

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