Hi guys! Let me share with you some great and varied ways of saying THANK YOU & APOLOGIZING.
I printed these out for my students and they have helped them a lot!
Hope it helps you too! :)
Thanks and Thank you are the most usual ways of telling someone you are grateful for something they have said or done. Thank you is slightly more formal.
If you want to emphasize your gratitude, or be very polite, you can say Thanks a lot, Thanks very much, Thank you very much, or Thank you so much:
Thank you for your kind words.
‘You’re looking well.’ ‘Thanks.’
Thanks for dinner – it was great.
Thanks a lot for all your help.
Thanks very much for looking after the kids.
Thanks a bunch is an informal way of thanking someone, but is often used sarcastically, when telling someone that something they did was not helpful or kind. Both Thanks a lot andThanks very much can also be used in this way:
You told Tony what I said? Thanks a bunch!
Thanks a lot for spoiling my evening.
Much obliged is a very formal way of thanking someone for something they have done for you:
I am much obliged to you for your patience during the recent difficulties.
You’ve saved my life and I owe you one are informal ways of thanking someone who has helped you in a difficult situation. Cheers is another informal way of thanking someone, used in British English:
Thanks for the lift. You saved my life.
Thanks a million. I owe you one.
‘Here’s that book you wanted to borrow.’ ‘Oh, cheers.‘
You shouldn’t (have) is used when someone gives you a present:
Oh, Martin, what lovely flowers. You shouldn’t have!
You’re too kind is a polite way of thanking someone that can sound insincere:
Thank you for saying that. You’re too kind.
I’d like to thank… is used when thanking people in a formal speech:
I’d like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting us today.
Many thanks is a formal way of saying thank you used in letters and emails:
Many thanks for the lovely present.
Sorry/I’m sorry: the usual way of apologizing to someone you know well:
I’m sorry I’m late, Amy. I missed the train. ♦ I’m sorry, I didn’t quite hear what she said.
I do apologize for…: a more polite and formal way of apologizing, used especially when you feel responsible for something that someone else has done:
I do apologize for Julie’s behaviour. She’s normally so reliable.
Excuse me: used when apologizing for something you did accidentally:
Oh, excuse me, I didn’t see you standing there.
I beg your pardon: a more formal way of apologizing for something you did accidentally:
I beg your pardon, I didn’t mean to interrupt.
I/We owe you an apology: used when you realize you have treated someone badly, for example by blaming them for something that is not their fault
We’ve discovered who the thief was, and it seems we owe you an apology.
Please accept my/our apologies: used when making a written or formal apology:
We accept that this was the company’s fault and ask you to accept our sincere apologies.
My apologies: a formal way of saying that you are sorry for something:
My apologies if I have offended you in any way.
I/We regret…: used when making an apology in an official announcement:
We regret to announce that tonight’s performance of La Traviata has been cancelled.
That´s all folks! :)
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