Thanks for your listening.

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Anonymous:
Dear all,
My son is going to take part in a storytelling contest. He is going to say " Thanks for your listening" at the end of his speech. However, his teacher told him it is wrong to say "Thanks for your listening." Instead, his teacher asked that he should say "Thanks for listening." I feel confused. Can anyone please tell me why it is wrong to say "Thanks for your listening"? Thank you very much!

Best regards
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Arcadian Rises:
[nq:1]Dear all, =EF=BF=BD =EF=BF=BD =EF=BF=BDMy son is going to take part in a storytelli=ng contest. =EF=BF=BDHe is going to say ... anyone pleas=e tell me why it is wrong to say "Thanks for your listening"? =EF=BF=BDThank you very much! Best regards[/nq]
I don't believe it's wrong. Just redundant, but it's the kind of redundancy made for emphasis, which is excusable IMO.
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Dr Peter Young:
[nq:1]Dear all, My son is going to take part in a storytelling contest. He is going to say " Thanks ... confused. Can anyone please tell me why it is wrong to say "Thanks for your listening"? Thank you very much![/nq]
"Your listening" would be grammatically correct, but convention rather than grammar would say that "Thanks for listening" would be expected.

Logic doesn't always rule the way English works!
With best wishes,
Peter.

Peter Young, (BrE), Consultant Anaesthetist, 1975-2004. (US equivalent: Attending Anesthesiologist)
Cheltenham and Gloucester, UK.
Now happily retired.
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HVS:
[nq:1]Dear all, My son is going to take part in a storytelling contest. He is going to say " Thanks ... confused. Can anyone please tell me why it is wrong to say "Thanks for your listening"? Thank you very much![/nq]
I don't think it's wrong, but "Thanks for listening" is the idiomatic version.
(I think it has to do with the redundancy that Arcadian Rises noted: "Thanks for" is informal; the formal form would replace "Thanks for" with "Thank you for"; and "Thank you for your listening" sounds unidiomatically redundant.)

Cheers, Harvey
CanEng and BrEng, indiscriminately mixed
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the Omrud:
[nq:1]On 08 Jan 2009, wrote[/nq]
[nq:2]Dear all, My son is going to take part in ... to say "Thanks for your listening"? Thank you very much![/nq]
[nq:1]I don't think it's wrong, but "Thanks for listening" is the idiomatic version. (I think it has to do with ... the formal form would replace "Thanks for" with "Thank you for"; and "Thank you for your listening" sounds unidiomatically redundant.)[/nq]
I would go further. It may not be grammatically wrong (if "listening" is a gerund), but it is uncomfortable and I'm sure it would be considered wrong by most native speakers.

David
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Roland Hutchinson:
[nq:2]On 08 Jan 2009, wrote I don't think it's wrong, ... for"; and "Thank you for your listening" sounds unidiomatically redundant.)[/nq]
[nq:1]I would go further. It may not be grammatically wrong (if "listening" is a gerund), but it is uncomfortable and I'm sure it would be considered wrong by most native speakers.[/nq]
"Thank you for listening" would also be perfectly idiomatic (and, as noted above, slightly more formal).

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Ian Jackson:
[nq:2]On 08 Jan 2009, wrote I don't think it's wrong, ... for"; and "Thank you for your listening" sounds unidiomatically redundant.)[/nq]
[nq:1]I would go further. It may not be grammatically wrong (if "listening" is a gerund), but it is uncomfortable and I'm sure it would be considered wrong by most native speakers.[/nq]
As already stated, "Thanks for your listening" is not grammatically wrong, but a native English speaker would say "Thanks (or "Thank you") for listening". However, you WOULD say "Thanks for your attention".
Ian
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Peter Duncanson BrE:
[nq:1]As already stated, "Thanks for your listening" is not grammatically wrong, but a native English speaker would say "Thanks (or "Thank you") for listening". However, you WOULD say "Thanks for your attention".[/nq]
Yes. I had thought of the "attention" variant but decided not to risk mentioning it. The nearest grammatical equivalent to "Thanks for listening" would appear to be "Thanks for attending", but that means something different. A person can be "attending", in the sense of being present, without paying "attention", that is, attending to the speaker's words.

Peter Duncanson, UK
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Skitt:
[nq:2]Dear all, My son is going to take part in ... to say "Thanks for your listening"? Thank you very much![/nq]
[nq:1]I don't think it's wrong, but "Thanks for listening" is the idiomatic version. (I think it has to do with ... the formal form would replace "Thanks for" with "Thank you for"; and "Thank you for your listening" sounds unidiomatically redundant.)[/nq]
The main thing is that the latter is not idiomatic and definitely marks the sayer as a non-native English speaker.

Skitt (AmE)
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