What is the correct way to say "thanks" to anyone in any situation?
Does it make any difference depending on context or situation?
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There are various levels of showing gratitude verbally (in order of formality)
Thanks (AmE, BRE), Cheers (BrE)
Thank you (AmE, BrE)
Thank you very much (AmE, BrE) Many thanks (BrE)
Thank you very much indeed (BrE), Many thanks indeed (BrE)
The standard expression when something has been done for you is
Thank You (with eye contact and a smile)
it is polite and formal and can be used for any occasion.
Thanks is less formal and can be said casually
Cheers is similar to thanks and used extensively in Britain
Ta is even more colloquial and used when also saying goodbye
Look forward to seeing you again mate, ta (as he waves and walks off)
Thank you very much shows abundant gratitude as in here (song starts around (00:55)
In situations when one would say "thank you" once, like after a dinner party
Thank you very much for inviting me, I really enjoyed myself
Thank you very much for driving me to the airport
Thank you very much for your kind present
In situations where "thank you" might be used multiple times, as in a restaurant, the standard "thank you" should be used. For example, each time one's water glass is topped up. It's best not to overly use very much.
Brits may add indeed when something nice has been done for them which was not requested
P1: Excuse me, you forgot your hat
P2: Oh, thank you very much indeed
P1: I took the liberty of ordering you a cab to get home
P2: Many thanks indeed
Other expressions can be added to thank you when appropriate
Thank you from the bottom of my heart
Thank you that's very kind of you
Thank you kindly
Thank you much obliged (used in Southern AmE)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Children in Britain are told to
Mind your P's and Q's !
Mind your pleases and thank yous
You can never go wrong saying "Thank you"