One of my friend came to my place for a cup of tea, i introduced her to my mom. After she left my mom said she is a nice girl. When we met in the college the other day, i told her that my mom liked her very much and in reply she said "tell her thanks" I really want to know if telling someone thanks is a correct sentence?

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"Thanks" is informal/colloquial; the "correct" English is "thank you".

That said, "Tell her thank you" is commonly accepted as correct English; it is a shortened form of "Tell her I say thank you" (which is also correct).

  • "Say thanks to her" is it also correct?
    – Ardis Ell
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 12:18
  • Yes, though I'd write it as: 'Say "Thanks" to her.' It's describing a phrase you are requested to say. Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 12:21

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