Part of Speech: Interjection
Sentence Example: Thank you for helping me on the committee.
Thank You - an act or expression of gratitude
Part of Speech: Noun
Sentence Example: He gave her a dozen roses as a thank you.
Whether you want to say "Thanks," "Thank You" or "Gracias," you can express the sentiment with a gift, in words or with a note or card. Or, you can show your gratitude in a slightly more creative way.
Your gift can also be something you do for the other person such as mowing their lawn or taking them to the local ice cream parlor.
Did your teacher recommend you for a special award? Say "Thanks" with a note attached to their coffee mug. Did your teacher encourage you to succeed? Explain the specifics of your appreciation to the teacher with a short note such as "Thanks for giving me confidence in myself."
Did your neighbor agree to meet a repairman for you? Pop a note on their front door or in their mailbox. The unexpected words of gratitude will certainly convey how much you appreciate what they have done for you.
The sign can be any size and can be hand lettered or professionally printed. You can choose to put up a banner written with chalk on their garage door or have a sign maker create a printed banner or sign to be placed in the front of their house. Either way, you will surprise them and they will feel your gratitude.
What you say on the sign is up to you. You don't have to specify exactly what they did. The key is to surprise them with seeing your gratitude expressed in a public way.
Consider adding to the fun by expressing your thanks in a foreign language. For example:
French - merci
Spanish - gracias
Hawaiian - mahalo
German - danke
Norwegian - takk
Finnish - kiitos
Italian - grazie
Japanese - arigato
Tagalog (Philippines) - salamat po
Russian - spasibo
For example, when someone gives you a baby shower gift or a wedding gift, this is a great time to tell the gift giver why you like their gift and how much you appreciate them being with you during this exciting time. Be sure to customize the card by mentioning what they gave you and how you will use it. This keeps your thank yous from sounding like a production writing task.
If someone was particularly thoughtful or kind, be sure to mention specifically what it is they did or gave you. If you enjoyed spending time with them, recap a particularly fun part of the trip. Even if you don't think you will use the gift, be sure to thank the giver for the time and energy they spent in giving you the gift.
Regardless of whether you say "Thanks" with a gift, a card or a banner, the important thing to remember is to give your thanks quickly and with sincerity.