21 Ways to Say 'Thank You'

By Carly Forsaith, updated on April 21, 2023

If you’re looking for new ways of saying ‘thank you’ so that you’re not always repeating yourself, look no further. There are countless other ways to thank someone in the English language, whether you're using the word 'thanks' or not.

In this article, you’ll discover:

  • 21 new ways to thank someone in both formal and casual settings.

Other Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

There are so many ways to show your gratitude and appreciation in the English language that it would almost be a shame always to use the same old word or expression.

Of course, 'thank you' is perfectly fine to use and a great way to put across your gratitude. But there are more to add to your repertoire.

In this blog, you’ll learn 21 new ways to say thank you in both formal and informal settings.

Formal Alternative Ways to Say 'Thank You'

Let’s begin with the best formal ways to express your gratitude.

  • These can also be used in casual settings, and some of the casual ones can also be used in formal settings.

I’ve selected the very best ones for you in the list below so that if you want to make a good impression at work or in front of people you want to impress, you can be confident that if you use these expressions, you’ll be doing just that.

1. I’m incredibly grateful
And follow this expression by mentioning what you are grateful for, or whom you are grateful to.

2. I’d like to express my deepest gratitude
Again, here you can follow up with the reason or person for your gratitude.

3. Thank you both for all the help you’ve given me
This is a great way to thank two people at once, if, for example, you were a team of three people, or two of your colleagues helped you out.

4. I can’t thank you enough
A great way to express deep gratitude, this is a good one to use when you want to give big thanks to someone.

5. Thanks everybody
Lead with this expression and then follow up with the reason you’re thanking people. For example, ‘thanks everybody for being here today.’

6. I appreciate it more than you know
Or ‘I appreciate it more than words can say’ are two great ways of expressing sincere gratitude.

7. How can I return the favor?
Only ask this if you actually want to return the favor!

8. Thank you for your assistance
If someone or several people helped you with something, you can thank them using this expression.

9. I must give credit where credit’s due
And then, proceed to name the person who you want to thank. The term ‘credit’ here refers to recognition for a job well done or invaluable help provided.

10. Thanks in advance
This one’s for thanking someone before the act. For instance, if you’re asking someone for a favor or making a request, you can follow up with ‘thanks in advance.’

Casual Different Ways to Say 'Thank You'

11. You’re a lifesaver
‘You’re the best’ and ‘you rock’ also work.

12. Thanks heaps
And other variants of thanks, such as ‘thanks a lot,’ ‘thanks a bunch,’ ‘Thanks a ton,’ ‘thank you,’ and the simple but powerful ‘thanks.’

13. I couldn’t have done it without you
To use for someone who has helped you.

14. You shouldn’t have
This is an indirect way of showing your gratitude, but your interlocutor will totally get that you’re saying thanks. Another synonymous expression: ‘I don’t know what to say.’

15. You’ve made my day
This idiom means that the person has impacted your mood in a positive way, so it’s a neat way to express your gratitude to someone.

16. Much appreciated
Tell someone how much what they did means to you.

17. I owe you one
If you want to return the favor.

18. What would I do without you?
To show the person that you couldn’t have done it without them.

19. I’m doing the happy dance. Thank you!
A fun way to thank someone.

20. I can’t thank you enough
A way to express deep gratitude.

21. You don't know how much it means to me.
A good one to use with someone who has helped you.

Examples of How to Say "Thank You" to Someone

Okay, so now you have all these great new ways of saying 'thank you,' so let's take a look at what that might look like in an interaction with someone.

Thanks heaps for the compliment buddy, that means a lot.

I can't thank you enough for the recommendation, sir.

Thanks in advance for the opportunity to do overtime; it really helps.

Thanks a lot for helping me be heard in the meeting. I owe you one.

Credit where credit's due; you're definitely the reason we won!

Concluding Thoughts

So there are your 21 new ways to say thank you! And what’s great is that you can mix and match these in order to create new expressions, so actually, there are a lot more than 20 expressions in this article!

  • Pick the expression best suited to your circumstances.
  • Mention what you're thanking the person for if it's appropriate.
  • Feel free to use more than one of these expressions in a sentence; some of them work well together.

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Written By:
Carly Forsaith
Carly Forsaith is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. Carly is a copywriter who has been writing about the English language for over 3 years. Before that, she was a teacher in Thailand, helping people learn English as a second language. She is a total grammar nerd and spends her time spotting language errors on signs and on the internet.

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