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    How to acknowledge help from other people?

    How to express thanks to your friends who have help you in your writing? I saw some expressions like "I would like to thank Dr John Smith for his valuable help in organizing the structure of the research...But all error would be my responsibility..blabla", but I forgot the exact words and phrases. How to express this properly? There must be many ways to express such meanings.

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    Re: How to acknowledge help from other people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondsmith View Post
    How to do you express thanks to your friends who have helped you in your writing? I saw some expressions like "I would like to thank Dr John Smith for his valuable help in organizing the structure of the research...But all error would be my responsibility..blabla", but I have forgotten the exact words and phrases. How to can I express this properly? There must be many ways to express such meanings.

    Your quote is similar to ones that are seen very often.

    "I would like to thank [name] for his/her invaluable help with my [book/thesis/novel/research]. Any errors or omissions are entirely the responsibility of the author."

    As long as the name of the person, what they helped you with and "thanks" appear somewhere, you can't really go wrong. There's no formal, standard phrase.

    Please note that unless you are using it as the title of a book/paragraph/set of instructions, we don't start a question with "How to..."

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Aug-2011 at 08:43.

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    Re: How to acknowledge help from other people?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your quote is similar to ones that are seen very often.

    "I would like to thank [name] for his invaluable help with my [book/thesis/novel/research]. Any errors or omissions are entirely the responsibility of the author."

    As long as the name of the person, what they helped you with and "thanks" appear somewhere, you can't really go wrong. There's no formal, standard phrase.

    Please note that unless you are using it as the title of a book/paragraph/set of instructions, we don't start a question with "How to..."

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    How should I express thanks to someone? = Yes
    How can I express thanks to someone? = Yes
    Many thanks for the corrections!

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    Re: How to acknowledge help from other people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondsmith View Post
    How to express thanks to your friends who have help you in your writing? I saw some expressions like "I would like to thank Dr John Smith for his valuable help in organizing the structure of the research...But all error would be my responsibility..blabla", but I forgot the exact words and phrases. How to express this properly? There must be many ways to express such meanings.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) The teacher has already given us an excellent answer.

    (2) I only wish to give you an example of an elegant "thank you" that you

    may wish to consider.

    (3) Many years ago, two English brothers wrote a book on "good" English called

    The King's English. Today some people say that the book is too old (1906) to be

    useful; others disagree.

    (4) In their preface, they write these words:

    The especial thanks of the compilers are offered to Dr Bradley, joint editor

    of the Oxford English Dictionary, who has been good enough to inspect the

    proof-sheets, and whose many valuable suggestions have led to the removal

    of some too unqualified statements, some confused exposition, and some

    positive mistakes.

    (5) Of course, I do not know what you wish to thank people for, but the Fowler

    brothers' words show us that you might consider being specific. That is, let your

    correspondents know exactly how they helped you.

    (6) By the way, the Fowler brothers' use of "especial" is old-fashioned, but it

    is still elegant and accurate. (That is, Dr. Bradley deserves thanks that are more

    than the usual thanks.) Since the Fowler brothers were English gentlemen, they did

    not use the period after Dr.

    (7) Also notice their wording of "The especial thanks of the compilers [the authors]

    are offered to Dr Bradley." I think that writing teachers nowadays recommend that

    we use more direct language: We wish to extend especial thanks to Dr. Bradley,

    who ....

    (a) Nevertheless, some people still like the more formal, indirect approach used by the

    Fowler brothers. You might consider this approach, for I have heard that the

    Japanese language appreciates this indirect and more modest way of expression.

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