When learning to speak English, you probably already know that “thank you” and “you’re welcome” are two terms or phrases that are used on a regular basis. Did you know there are several ways to express these phrases that are somewhat less formal and often used? Expanding your knowledge is always a good thing, whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in your English speaking skills.
How can you say “thank you” in other ways?
Many common phrases include:
Thanks a lot
Thanks a bunch
Thanks a million
Thanks a ton
Pretty easy, isn’t it?
When you’re on the receiving end of any phrase that means “thank you,” you may wonder about the various ways to say “you’re welcome.” Some of these include:
Don’t mention it
It’s a pleasure
You’re more than welcome
There are also a few more formal ways to express your thanks depending on the situation. Some of these include “Many thanks,” “I’m most grateful,” and “Much obliged.”
Of course the way you express your thanks or accept a “thank you” from another person depends much on the situation and the context of the conversation. Additionally, how you express your thanks depends on how those in a particular region speak – or the slang they use. You’ll probably notice the phrases and slang differ from one country to another in English-speaking countries, or even from one state to another in the U.S. Good knowledge to have, and you only have to listen to know how native English speakers in a specific area express these phrases.
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