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    Hello all, I'm a non-native speaker.I wonder if there is any difference between "Thank you." and "I appreciate it." in American English.Thank you for your contribution!

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    Default Re: Please help with my question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia Lin View Post
    Hello all, I'm a non-native speaker.I wonder if there is any difference between "Thank you." and "I appreciate it." in American English.Thank you for your contribution!
    It depends on the context/situation. For example, you would not expect a clerk in a store to say "I appreciate it" following a sale. You would often hear the terms used together in a situation where Person A. has done something or agrees to do something for someone and Person B. says, "Thank you. I appreciate it".


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    Default Re: Please help with my question?

    I’ve seen a post by aBritish English speaker who said “I appreciate it.” implies that Person B.recognizes the value of something done by Person A. and expresses positivefeelings about the favor in contrast to “Thank you.”? Does this usage exist inAmerican English, too? Any answers would be appreciated.

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    "Thank you" is automatic. It can be very sincere or it can be a throw-away line. "I appreciate it" is certainly a deliberate thing to say. Depending on tone, context, gestures, etc., a simple "Thank you" can be just a appreciative.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Please help with my question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Thank you" is automatic. It can be very sincere or it can be a throw-away line. "I appreciate it" is certainly a deliberate thing to say. Depending on tone, context, gestures, etc., a simple "Thank you" can be just a appreciative.
    Thanks for your explanation.

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