The phrase “more than happy to help” is common to see in the workplace (and outside of it). You might include it in emails, and it’s important to know what it means and how it works. This article will explore that and show you how to use it yourself.
What Does “More Than Happy To Help” Mean?
“More than happy to help” means that somebody is happier than most other people to give us assistance on something. “More than” is a comparative phrase, and the context implies they’re happier than the other available options to us (i.e., “I’m more than happy to help you here!”).
The definition of “help,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “to make it possible or easier for someone to do something, by doing part of the work yourself or by providing advice, money, support, etc.”
It’s most common to hear “more than happy to help” in the customer service field. Typically, staff working closely with customers will aid them and be “more than happy” to do so, implying they’re happier than most of the other people on their staff to help us out.
“More than happy to help” Example emails
You may see “more than happy to help” in business emails. It’s good to know when it’s likely to come up, and we’ll explore some examples of when it might occur for you.
- Dear Mr. Jacobs,
- I read about the upcoming event for the elderly over the weekend.
- I’m writing to you to let you know that I’m more than happy to help with whatever you need.
- Tom Baker
- Dear Mrs. Swan,
- I’m more than happy to help you set up our business’s website.
- Just give me the required details, and I’ll get working on it straight away.
- Kind regards,
- Craig Tomkins
- Dear sir,
- I’d like to offer my services as I’m more than happy to help with a new startup.
- I’ll give you a discounted rate for reaching out to me as well.
- I look forward to hearing from you soon,
- Charlie Charleston
In an email, we might offer our services or time by using “more than happy to help.” If a situation clearly needs someone to lend a hand, we might use the phrase to indicate that we’re available for somebody to make the most of that help.
In an email format, the phase works well to show that we’re ready to help out. It also shows that we’re proactive, which is a key quality that most employers look for.
“More Than Happy” Example sentences
Now that we’ve seen the phrase with “to help” in an email format, we thought we’d strip it back and show you some examples using the first portion of the phrase “more than happy.”
We can be “more than happy” to do many things. In any case, whatever verb we use, we’re indicating that we’re happier than the rest of the available people to do it.
- I am more than happy to attend your wedding this weekend, John!
- I will be more than happy to join you later today!
- I’m more than happy to oversee the work project if you let me.
- I am more than happy to stop by, and I’d love to see what you’ve done with the place.
- I will be more than happy to give you all the help you need with this project!
- You were more than happy to guide me on this journey.
- I am more than happy to make sure you get home safe; it’s the least I could do.
- They were more than happy to watch me leave the building.
- He was more than happy to offer you a revised contract, per your request.
“More than happy” applies to many areas. We always want to include a verb in the infinitive form (i.e., “to help” or “to do”) when we use it. This shows that we’re happier than most to complete whatever the verb asks of us.
Is it More than happy too or to?
“More than happy” should always be followed by “to.” That’s because we must include the infinitive form of a verb (“to do” or “to be”). “Too” indicates a comparison between two things, which is incorrect in this case, as the immediate word that follows is always a verb.
- Correct:I’m more than happy to help.
- Incorrect:I’m more than happy too help.
“To help” is the infinitive form of “help” as a verb. That’s why “to” is the only option that’s correct of these two.
Is it “More than happy” or “More then happy”?
“More than happy” is grammatically correct. “Than” shows there’s a comparison between “more” and “happy.” “Then” is a word we use to indicate a time difference, meaning that “more” happens before “happy” (which makes no sense in any context).
- Correct: I will be more than happy to be there for you.
- Incorrect: I will be more then happy to be there for you.
As you can see, “than” is the only acceptable case to use here. We must make sure we’re comparing our “happiness” over the other people that might be available as options to the person asking us to do something for them.
Synonyms for “More than happy to help” and “More than happy” in general
If you’re not entirely comfortable using “more than happy to help,” you might find one of the following synonyms more suitable. We’ll split the phrase into two sections and give you synonyms for each one.
We’ll include some more formal synonyms for the phrase as well. That way, you have more freedom to use them in the workplace, as well as outside of it if you need to.
“More Than Happy”
The formal synonyms are:
- More than ready
- More than able
- Perfectly capable
The informal synonyms are:
The formal synonyms are:
- More than happy to assist
- More than happy to oblige
- More than happy to aid you
- More than happy to help
The informal synonyms are:
- More than happy to help out
- More than happy to lend a hand
- More than happy to join you