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    much thanks?

    1. Much thanks also to everyone I had the privilege of working with at McGraw-Hill.
    2. And ever so much thanks and appreciation for George, who has brought me the gift of finally having both love in my heart and work that I love, all at the same time.

    According to what I know, "thanks" is a plural noun. How come the word "thanks" is modified by "much", which is used to modify singular uncountable noun?
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    Re: much thanks?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. Much thanks also to everyone I had the privilege of working with at McGraw-Hill.
    2. And ever so much thanks and appreciation for George, who has brought me the gift of finally having both love in my heart and work that I love, all at the same time.

    According to what I know, "thanks" is a plural noun. How come the word "thanks" is modified by "much", which is used to modify singular uncountable noun?
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    "thanks" can be countable or not.
    In 1., I would say 'Many thanks...'.
    In 2., with "and appreciation", "...much thanks" is okay. If the "and appreciation" part wasn't there, I would say 'ever so many thanks'.

    We can also say things like 'a huge amount of thanks'. (noncountable)

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    Re: much thanks?

    From what I can tell, there are two possible reasons.

    [1] Semantics:
    Ex: with great thanks
    Ex: with much thanks
    [2] Ellipsis: ever so + adjective
    Ex: with (ever so) much thanks
    Note that, much thanks doesn't appear to be a new invention:
    Francisco. For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold, And I am sick at heart.

    William Shakespeare (15641616). Francisco and Bernardo, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 8-10.

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    Re: much thanks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    From what I can tell, there are two possible reasons.

    [1] Semantics:
    Ex: with great thanks
    Ex: with much thanks
    [2] Ellipsis: ever so + adjective
    Ex: with (ever so) much thanks
    [1] What's the difference in meaning between great thanks and much thanks?[2]Can't we say ever so many thanks?

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