26/08/16 Accepting and Refusing Using ‘Thanks’

We often use Thank you / Thanks like Yes, please, to accept offers.
Examples:

• Would you like some candy bars?
• Thank you.
• How many?

To make it clear that one wishes to refuse something, it is normal to say No, thank you / No, thanks. If you just say thanks, the other person will interpret you’re accepting.
Examples:

• Another piece of cake?
• No, thanks. I’ve eaten too much already.

Note that Yes, thanks is not used to accept offers, but to confirm that things are all right.

• Do you have enough potatoes?
• Yes, thanks. Everything is delicious.