Off topic: do you say "Thak you a lot"?
Thread poster: Brialex

Brialex  Identity Verified
Italy
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Mar 14, 2005

Hi I'm doing an Englis-test and I would like to know how to answer to someone who gives an information such as:

A : the school is over there, you can't miss it.

what is the correct answer and why?

a) Thank you a lot
or
b) Thank you. That's very kind of you?

This exercice is taken from a book called "English for Tourists"

Thanks


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xxxLatin_Hellas
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b) Mar 14, 2005

answer a) is ungrammatical.
answer b) is correct.

Forget your manual and school testing, go live in an English-speaking country for at least two years, that is the best credential you can have.


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John Bowden  Identity Verified
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(a) is wrong... Mar 14, 2005

Answer (b) is correct , but might sound a bit formal - (a) isn't quite right, but it is very common to say "Thanks a lot", which is more informal than (b).
HTH


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RHELLER
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thank you - sweet & simple Mar 14, 2005

a) is incorrect as the others have pointed out
why is there a question mark after b)?

When in doubt, simply use "thank you".
You cannot go wrong.

In the future, you can post these questions in Kudoz (Eng-Eng).

Good luck!


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Brialex  Identity Verified
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Kudoz question engl > engl. Mar 14, 2005

In the future, you can post these questions in Kudoz (Eng-Eng).

thanks a lot, I tried to, but my question was removed


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Robert Donahue  Identity Verified
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"Thanks alot" Mar 14, 2005

This works too. It has a more conversational tone than option b.

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gad
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Thank you very much Mar 15, 2005

That's what came to my mind when I saw "Thank you a lot".

You can say "Thanks a lot", but not "Thank you a lot" (subtle difference).

In your example, b) is correct.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Care! Mar 15, 2005

In the U.K., "Thanks a lot" is more often used in a sardonic way these days. It means: "Thank you. What you have done is of no use to me whatsoever/has not helped me at all."

It is also used as a response when someone has made an unpleasant remark to you.

HTH

Chris


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much Mar 15, 2005

Get a 'native' to say this for you - with the stress on 'very much' or in writing, this means you really want to thank the person for something.

With heavy stress on 'thank' and on 'you' (a completely different rhythm) it is also an icily polite way of saying you are not grateful at all...


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