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    No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Teacher : Do you have any questions?

    Student : No, thanks. / No. Thank you.

    Is there any difference between "No, thank you." and "No. (Pause) Thank you."


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    #2

    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Teacher : Do you have any questions?

    Student : No, thanks. / No. Thank you.

    Is there any difference between "No, thank you." and "No. (Pause) Thank you."


    Thank you.
    Dear PelajarBaru:

    I have no idea if there is a formal rule to cover this, but, to my ear, this is the difference:

    A: Would you like more coffee?
    B: No, thank you.

    A: Did you notice that I washed all your clothes and tidied your room?
    B: No [I hadn't noticed]. Thank you [for doing all that for me].

    I hope this is useful,

    Petra

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    #3

    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    I want to add that "No, thanks" is more casual (friendly) and "No, thank you" is more formal (important).

    - (Your brother) "Hey, this is a great sandwich. Want a bite?" "No, thanks!"
    - (Your boss) "Do you need anything from the office supply cabinet before I lock it?" "No, thanks, that's OK."
    - (Your brother) "I'd like to give you my car when I buy a new one next month." "No, thank you, I really appreciate that, but I couldn't afford to park it here in New York."
    - (Your boss) "Will you be able to go to Germany for the last two weeks in April?" "No, thank you, my wife is expecting our baby right around then."

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    #4

    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Teacher : Do you have any questions?

    Student : No, thanks. / No. Thank you.

    "No, thanks," is not a good answer to that question. Say, "No, thanks," when you are declining something that was offered to you: a drink, a ride, a magazine.

    Better answers to the teacher's question are simply, "No," or, "No, I don't."

    "No, thank you," sounds impudent, rude, smart-alecky.


    Is there any difference between "No, thank you." and "No. (Pause) Thank you."

    Yes. There is a longer pause after a period. This makes the thank you sound like an afterthought, as if you forgot your manners for a moment.



    Thank you.
    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]


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    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Yes. There is a longer pause after a period. This makes the thank you sound like an afterthought, as if you forgot your manners for a moment.

    Spot on!


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    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]
    Yes. There is a longer pause after a period. This makes the thank you sound like an afterthought, as if you forgot your manners for a moment.

    Really? And I always thought it was the opposite. I always answer the teacher and say no (after a short pause) to show appreciation and to be polite.

    Thanks a lot for your information.

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    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Dear PelajarBaru:

    Please do not worry about this. It's almost entirely dependent on context, tone of voice, body language.
    I am sure your teacher understands your intention.

    I will add, though, that

    No, thank you. in general means Thank you for offering, but I decline to accept (the money, a ride home, more pie, etc.).

    whereas

    No. Thank you. means No. (the answer to a yes/no question) Thank you. (for your actions, information, kindness, etc.)

    Again, this is just how I imagine these two possibilities. If others imagine different scenarios, they will give those as an answer.

    The most important thing to remember is that unless you are trying to offend someone, it's very hard to go wrong with 'please' and 'thank you'!

    All best wishes,

    Petra


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    Re: No, thanks. No. thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear PelajarBaru:

    Please do not worry about this. It's almost entirely dependent on context, tone of voice, body language.
    I am sure your teacher understands your intention.

    I will add, though, that

    No, thank you. in general means Thank you for offering, but I decline to accept (the money, a ride home, more pie, etc.).

    whereas

    No. Thank you. means No. (the answer to a yes/no question) Thank you. (for your actions, information, kindness, etc.)

    Again, this is just how I imagine these two possibilities. If others imagine different scenarios, they will give those as an answer.

    The most important thing to remember is that unless you are trying to offend someone, it's very hard to go wrong with 'please' and 'thank you'!

    All best wishes,

    Petra
    Thank you very much, Petra, for the enlightening explanation.

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