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Accepting and Refusing Using ‘Thanks’

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


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

  • 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.

  • 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.
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