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    #1

    thanks



    I want to also give a huge thanks to the backroom staff and support teams we have and have had at Manchester United over the years.



    Since "thanks" is plural noun, is "a" unnecessary in this sentence?


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    #2

    Re: thanks

    It's not only unnecessary — it's wrong.

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    #3

    Re: thanks

    Wrong, but acceptable in speech (when one can hear quotation marks around 'thanks', so that it means 'a[n event/instance of saying] "thanks"' - which I think is why the speaker used 'a' in the first place. But being involved in professional football at a high level he was presumably illiterate or foreign (or both)

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    #4

    Re: thanks

    I guess (from other posts by the same member) that the speaker was Ryan Giggs (so only one of BobK's options seems to apply).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: thanks

    You are arguing that it's essentially right, Bob, but agreeing that it's wrong. I think you are right with your example.
    "I want to give a huge 'thanks'" is not wrong in speech or writing that I can see. "I want to give huge thanks" sounds strange.

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    #6

    Re: thanks

    I want to give a huge thanks to everyone...

    It is not unusual to hear this in AmE speech (especially in a stadium or large event). He's expressing his gratitude to everyone. He's thanking each and everyone of them all at once. It's an aggregate of thank you's being expressed all at once at the crowd. It's like a bucket of thank you's or a bouquet of kisses (for females if you will).

    Another explanation might be that we often use thanks instead of thank you to close an informal letter. More formally, it would be "I want to give a big thank you to everyone... "


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    #7

    Re: thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I guess (from other posts by the same member) that the speaker was Ryan Giggs (so only one of BobK's options seems to apply).
    OK, but he couldn't play for England,. being Welsh. Fancy you thinking he wasn't foreign (Wales is a good analogue of Catalunya: its own language, strong separatist feeling, culture, trade, heavy industry, rain, lush vegetation, mountains...)

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