“Thank you both” is commonly used to thank two people. If you’ve come across it before, you might want to know whether it’s correct.
We’ll help you understand whether “thank you both” is appropriate in your writing.
Is It Correct to Say “Thank You Both”?
“Thank you both” is grammatically correct. It is a plural form of “thank you,” where “both” turns the “you” subject plural. This means you can use “thank you both” to refer to two people who you appreciate. If they’ve helped you with something, this is good to use.
“Thank you both” is correct English. Some writers worry that “both” falls in the wrong part of the phrase. However, you should use it to modify “you” to show that more than one person is present.
- Thank you both for looking out for me. I’m so glad to have you on my side.
- Thank you both for your help. You don’t realize just how much this means to me.
“You” is a subject pronoun that is singular or plural, depending on the context.
“Thank you” could work when thanking one or multiple people.
“Thank you both” makes it much clearer that you are thanking multiple people. Specifically, “both” means two. You should use this phrase to show thanks towards two people rather than one.
You do not need to place a comma in “thank you both,” as “both” is not used to address someone. Instead, “both” shows two people. Commas are only required after “thank you” when using a direct address or someone’s name:
- Thank you, Sam.
- Thank you both.
Since “both” is not a name or direct address, you do not need a comma before it.
You Both vs. Both of You
You may come across two very similar phrases when thanking two people. They are:
- Thank you both.
- Thanks to both of you.
Notice the rewording in the second example. It’s commonly seen, but you can’t place “thanks” and “you” next to each other.
Both are grammatically correct. “Thank you both” uses “thank” as a verb to show that you are actively giving someone “thanks.”
“Thanks to both of you” uses “thanks” as a noun. This means “you” can come later in the subject to show that you are giving someone “thanks” for what they’ve done for you.
“Both” is used in both cases to show two people.
You may also find “thanks to both of you” broken down even further:
- Thanks, both of you, for all the help you’ve given me.
- Thanks, both of you, for being there when I needed you most.
This time, you can follow standard comma rules to include “both of you” in a parenthetical element. This is good to show that “both of you” isn’t required, but it helps explain something more.
You can remove “both of you” in either of the above examples:
- Thanks for all the help you’ve given me.
The meaning will stay the same, but it shows you appreciate someone for all the help you got. “Both of you” just specifies that two people deserve your “thanks.”
We have now covered that it is indeed correct to use “thank you both.” If you are still uncomfortable using the phrase, we’ve gathered some great suggestions on what to say instead of “thank you both.”
Other Ways to Thank a Group of People
Other ways to say “thank you both” are “thanks, all,” “thanks, everyone,” and “thank you to all.” These phrases show direct appreciation and fondness towards a group of people. If a group has helped you do something, synonyms like these work really well.
1. Thanks, All
“Thanks, all” is a fairly popular choice in an email or formal context. You might hear “thanks, all” when someone is addressing a larger group of people indirectly (i.e. by writing rather than speaking).
It’s great to use this as another way to say “thank you both.” It uses “all” to imply that more than one person is present to receive the thanks. “All” is also a little broader than “both.” It allows you to refer to more than just two people within the same group.
- Thanks, all. I couldn’t have done any of this without you. You’ve given me a lot to think about.
- Thanks, all. Please, let me know if there’s anything I can do to return the favour later.
2. Thanks, Everyone
“Thanks, everyone” is a great alternative to use. It gives you an idea of how to say “thank you both” in a clearer way, owing thanks to “everyone” who might have helped you rather than just two people.
Naturally, a phrase using “everyone” implies many more people than “thank you both.” You should use it when addressing a larger group, as it shows that you’re trying to include everyone as you go.
- Thanks, everyone. You have given me so much confidence in myself. I always knew I could count on you to help me.
- Thanks, everyone. I’m not sure what I did to deserve your help, but I really appreciate everything you’ve done.
3. Thank You to All
“Thank you to all” is a formal synonym you can use. Synonyms like this work well to show that you owe thanks “to all” the people who might have helped you. “All” is a plural form meaning more than one (so “both” could still apply here).
“Thank you to all” uses “thank you” as a noun again. It offers thanks “to” people, where the preposition is used to give your thanks directly to anyone who helped you with something.
- Thank you to all who helped me figure this out. I had no idea that I was so popular with you.
- Thank you to all. I’ll find a way to repay you for your service in the future. I owe you that much.
4. I Appreciate You All
“I appreciate you all” works well as one of the alternatives to “thank you both.” It is very formal, making it excellent to use in an email. “I appreciate you” is a formal alternative to “thank you,” showing you offer direct and fond appreciation for someone helping you.
It’s best to use this when you feel flattered by someone offering to help you. It shows that you can’t believe they were willing to help you figure something out.
- I appreciate you all for the work you’ve put in here. I’m glad we were able to figure this out together.
- I appreciate you all. You’ve given me a lot to think about, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together.
5. You’ve All Done So Much for Me
“You’ve all done so much for me” shows your appreciation without needing to use “thank you” directly. “All” is included again here to show that you’re referring to a larger group of people.
“Done so much for me” implies that people have gone out of their way to help you with something. It shows that you’re taken aback by the work they put in to help you with something, especially if you didn’t expect it from anyone in the group.
- You’ve all done so much for me. Thank you for looking out for the team and showing me what can be done.
- You’ve all done so much for me. My only hope is that I get to repay you for all the hard work.
6. Thanks, Team
“Thanks, team” is a great alternative you can use. It suggests that you are part of a team and appreciate all the effort that went into helping you complete something. Grouping people as a “team” shows how much you value their help.
When you call a group of people a “team,” it suggests you are all on the same level. This allows you to show how much the team members mean to you. It lets them know that you wouldn’t have been able to do something without everyone coming together to help.
- Thanks, team. It took a while, but we got there. It’s nice to know that we’re on the same page now.
- Thanks, team. You have been so great these last few weeks. Drinks will be on me tonight.
7. I Owe You All My Thanks
“I owe you all my thanks” shows how grateful you are towards a group of people. It also suggests that you “owe” them, meaning you’ll try and pay them back for the amazing things they might have done to help you out.
This shows that you like to repay your debts. It shows kindness and generosity of spirit. It’s great to use a phrase like this when you don’t want to take help from people without first offering them something in return.
- I owe you all my thanks. I don’t think you realize how important your help has been to me lately.
- I owe you all my thanks. I’m not sure I would have finished all this work without your input.
8. You Have My Thanks
“You have my thanks” is a fairly popular term you can use to thank one or multiple people. It shows that someone owns your “thanks,” meaning you recently gave it to them because they deserve it after helping you.
The implication is that your “thanks” is a tangible object. It suggests that they’ve worked hard to earn it by offering to help you with something. It usually implies you’re happy to earn their “thanks” if they ever need something from you.
- You have my thanks. Let me know if there’s anything I can do in the future to help you.
- You have my thanks. Seriously. I’m shocked that you all offered to help me so quickly.
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