My teacher had told me that "it's kind/nice of you" is an expression of praising but I have heard this phrase from others as an expression of thankfulness.Which one is correct?

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It has both meanings of praise and thankfulness

That's very kind of you
That's very nice of you
That's very thoughtful of you
That's very sweet of you

often accompanied by "thank you"

Thank you, that's very kind of you.

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    One way to understand the wording is to invert the word order, just like with "whom" sentences. The trick is that there is a verb missing (and replaced by the word "that"). Here are some examples -- first, pick the verb "to help". Then you have: "To help is very kind of you." Or: "To clean your room is very nice of you." "To buy flowers is very sweet of you." Once you have this wording, you can see that of you can be removed from the sentence without changing the meaning too much. Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 11:09

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