THANKING PEOPLE

v      Let’s study the following expressions:

EXPRESSING THANKS RESPONSES
  • I’m very grateful for …
  • I’m so grateful for …
  • Thank you very much for …
  • Thank you so much for …
  • Thank you for …
  • That was nice of you. Thank you.
  • That was nice of you.
  • Thank you. But you really shouldn’t have
  • They’re beautiful but you didn’t need to (give me anything)
  • Thanks a lot for …
  • I really appreciate …
  • Thanks.
  • Thanks a million.
  • You’re very/ quite welcome.
  • You’re entirely welcome.
  • Don’t mention it.
  • You’re welcome.
  • It was my pleasure.
  • Don’t mention it.
  • You’re welcome.
  • Well, I just wanted to show my appreciation for …
  • But I wanted to.
  • You’re welcome
  • Sure
  • It was nothing. What are friends for?
  • Don’t worry about it
  • Forget it.

v      Expressing thanks for failed attempt:

  • Thank you for trying.
  • I appreciate your help anyway.
  • Thank you very much for your effort.
  • Thanks, anyway.
  • Thanks a lot for trying, at least.
  • I’m sorry it didn’t work out.
  • Perhaps you’ll have better luck next time.
  • Sorry it didn’t work out.
  • Sure. Too bad it didn’t work.

v      Other expressions of thanks:

INFORMAL NEUTRAL FORMAL
  • Thanks.
  • Thanks very much.
  • Thanks a lot.
  • Thanks a million
  • Cheers.
  • Great.
  • Thank you.
  • Thank you very much.
  • Many thanks.
  • Thank you very much indeed.
  • I’m really grateful to you.
  • I do appreciate …
  • I’m very much obliged to you.
  • That is very good of you.
  • I really can’t thank you enough.

Very formal:

  • I should like to say how grateful I am.
  • I should like to express my gratitude.

In general, people thank someone:

  • For gift (an expressions of thanks, a compliment on the gift, a question relating to the gift)
  • For favors (doing something for another person that the doer had no obligation to do)
  • For an offer of help
  • For a compliment and a wish of success
  • When asked about their health
  • For an invitation
  • When leaving a party or social gathering
  • For services, such as being waited in a store

PRACTICE

Complete the following short conversations with the correct phrases for responses. Read the cues and discuss the relationships of the speakers and the level of formality

1) Alice  : Thanks a lot. The flowers are beautiful.

Diego : ………………………………..

2). Janet            : I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for………….

Britney               : ………………………………………..

Janet                 : …………………………………………

3) John  : …………………………………………..

Marry  : ………………………………….. , but you really shouldn’t have.

John   : …………………………………………..

Marry  : …………………………………………….

4) Diva   : Thank a lot for …………………………………

Mulan                : ………………………………………………….

5) Alex    : I’m very grateful to you for ……………………………

Ken     : …………………………………………………………….

Alex    : …………………………………………………………….

Ken     : …………………………………………………………….

TASK 6

Work with your partner to practice mini role plays on thanking people. Discuss the situation given. You may use the useful expressions if you want to, or create your own. When you are ready, perform in front of the class.

Role-play 1

Tina needs someone to baby-sit while he or she goes to a doctor’s appointment. Tina calls friend, Maria, and ask her to do this favour. Maria either agrees to do it or refuses to and gives the reason. After arrangements are made, then say good bye and hang up.

Useful expressions

TINA

  • Doctor’s appointment at  10 o’clock
  • Really would appreciate the favour
  • Shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes
MARIA

  • What can I do for you?
  • Always glad to be of help
  • What are friends for?
  • Sorry, but I’ve got to visit my grandma.

Role play 2

Jimmy just got an exam back and got a poor grade on it. He is very worried and asks the professorfor an appointment to talk about it. The professor has a very busy schedule but manages t find a time to meet. After making arrangements, Jimmy says god-bye.

JIMMY

  • Really worried about my test
  • Don’t understand these problems
  • Make an appointment to talk
  • Whenever it’s convenient for you
  • Thank you
PROFFESOR RAY

  • You do need some help
  • I’m glad you’re taking this seriously
  • My schedule is rather full just now
  • What about (day and time)
  • You’re welcome

Role play 3

Mr. Watson, Naomi’s boss, wants to invite Naomi to a formal dinner arty. Naomi wants to go but isn’t sure how to get there or what to wear.

Mr. WATSON

  • Dinner party at my house
  • Just a few business associates
  • I’ll draw you a map
NAOMI

  • I would be delighted to
  • Rather formal?
  • I’ve never been to your house …
  • Thank you
  • Looking forward to (meeting your wife)

TASK 3

Work in pairs. Discuss the situations of your performance of the speakers, the topic and level of formality. Create our own dialogue involving expressions of thanking people and their response in many different kinds of situation. If you are ready, perform in front of your friends.

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