Grammar: Thank You. No, Thank You!

English Grammar Thanks No Thanks

Should you write thank-you (hyphenated) or thank you (open)? Well, that depends on your meaning.

There are actually two ways to write thank you. No, seriously. I promise.

Thank you, when used as a phrase, is two words. By phrase, I mean a spoken or written expression of gratitude.

For example:

“Thank you so much for reading!”

However, when it’s used as a noun or an adjective (a thing, in this case), it’s hyphenated. This can be a token of gratitude, the uttering of the phrase thank you, or describing something.

Examples:

She gave away bookmarks to her readers as a small thank-you for their loyalty.

She uttered a thank-you under her breath.

She took a day after Christmas to write out thank-you notes.

I hope this clears the subject up for you. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you liked the blog post.

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