As a non-native speaker of English, I am not quite sure whether or not I can use the phrase Thanks a pile to tell someone I am pleased for something good they have done.

Is this phrase commonly used in everyday spoken English?


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I have never come across " Thanks a pile " in the UK.

There are a whole bunch of very similar sayings: "thanks a million", "thanks a bunch", even: "thanks a lot" but when written down they all suffer the same issue, which is that they are just as frequently used in a sarcastic manner, so you need to be VERY clear in your context that you mean it in a positive way.

  • Thanks very much for your answer.
    – M.N
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 7:01

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