Hello all.

I wonder if "Thank you much." sounds OK or not.
I've heard "Thank you." "Thank you very much." but "Thank you much."
Does "much" following "Thank you" goes without "very"?

Thank you very much for your help!!
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"Thank you much” IS a complete sentence, at least if you accept “Thank you” as a complete (albeit noncanonical) sentence in the first place. If you object to “much” instead of “very much”, note that it appears alone in questions and negative sentences, e.g. “he doesn’t talk much”, “Does he talk much?” If you’re objecting to the use of plain “much” outside these “negative polarity contexts”, that’s a different matter, because that does sound odd in present-day English.

I think “Thank you much” is absolutely grammatically correct. It is the widespread acceptance of “Thank you very much” as being the ONLY correct variation that is bizarre. In either sense, “much” is an adverb meaning “to a great degree or extent”, modifying “(to) Thank you”. In the latter sense, “very” is also an adverb, meaning “exceedingly, or to a great degree”. In this sense, saying “Thank you very much” is somewhat redundant, but an accepted means of expressing that a person is incredibly grateful, beyond a typical degree. Most people don’t seem to make this distinction, however (ie. there is very little difference between “Thank you”, “Thank you much” and “Thank you very much”…the phrases are used interchangeably, and assumed to mean the same thing). “Thank you very much” seems to be more widely accepted as the polite/professional variation. In fact, saying “Thank you very much” seems to hold no indication that the speaker is any more grateful than one who just says “Thank you”. “Thank you much” has a more casual and abbreviated connotation, which I think leads some to the conclusion that it is ingenuine or somehow lazy or disrespectful.

As I stated initially, “Thank you much” is absolutely “correct English”, despite the fact that it may not be commonly used/accepted as such.

Umm, no. Read Jim’s response. But that you Very much for your opinion, felix.
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No one has explained successfully why "Thank you much" is grammatically incorrect. I see a lot of "usually" used this way and "usually" modified in other context, but no explanation from a reliable source stating it is wrong. The only conclusion I can come up with from this thread is that it is not commonly used and better for informal conversation.

Have you read the excellent posts that are earlier in this thread? If not, you should!

I think the short answer is that' correct grammar' describes what we say, and you can live in an English-speaking country for years without hearing anyone say 'Thank you much'.

Of course, you can say it if you want to, but in my experience most learners want to sound like native speakers.


I read all of the posts including additional ones on "Thanks much" (https://www.englishforums.com/English/ThanksMuch/dmxbh/post.htm ). The post from Felix made perfect sense to me. Only Paco sited a reference and it specifically said "usually used" or "usually modified" rather than that it must be. I'm looking for evidence that this is actually wrong.

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