The phrase “thank you for your effort” is okay if you want to praise someone, but there are plenty of better synonyms if you want to make them feel good about themselves. This article will explore what those synonyms are and how best to use them.
What Can I Say Instead Of “Thank You For Your Effort”?
There are plenty of alternatives out there, but we’ll cover the best possible ones. Some of the ones we’ll look at in this article are:
- Thank you for helping me with this
- Thank you for doing this
- Thanks for all your help
- Thanks for getting this done
- I couldn’t have done this without you
- This could not have been finished without your hard work
The preferred version is “thank you for helping me with this” because we thank them for the result of their help. Simply saying “effort” might mean you’re not happy with the result while saying “thank you for helping” is much better in all situations.
Thank You For Helping Me With This
We’ll start by talking about the most appropriate version. You’ll find that this is one of the more common ways people will thank you for your hard work in certain areas.
“Thank you for helping me with this” is better than “thank you for your effort” because we’re saying we needed “help” to complete something, and we’re happy with the help we received (and “thanking” them for it).
If we only said “thank you for your effort,” most people will assume that they tried hard but didn’t get the desired result you were hoping for. However, “thank you for helping me with this” shows that you were happy with the result, and their task of helping you is now complete.
Here are some examples:
- Thank you for helping me with this project. I couldn’t have gotten through this alone!
- Thank you for helping me with this. I know it was hard for you, and I appreciate it.
- Thank you for helping me with this. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to repay you.
Thank You For Doing This
“Thank you for doing this” works in a very similar way to “thank you for helping me.” Instead, we’re using the verb “doing” in place of “helping.”
“Thank you for doing this” is a good alternative because we’re thanking somebody for the actions they completed to assist us with something. If we didn’t ask them directly for help, we might use this phrase, as it shows we appreciate their effort.
Again, “doing this” is more appropriate than “effort” because it means they did something for you that achieved the desired result. Generally, if you say “thank you for doing this,” it means the other person didn’t fail in whatever task they were trying to succeed.
These examples might help you understand what we mean:
- Thank you for doing this for me! I had no idea, and it’s such a nice surprise!
- Thank you for doing this! I can’t believe you did this all by yourself.
- Thank you for doing this! I wish there was something I could do to repay you.
Thanks For All Your Help
Next, we have “thanks for all your help.” This is another really good phrase that we should use in place of “thank you for your effort.”
“Thanks for all your help” is slightly more informal, but it works well to thank somebody for all the hard work and help they put into something. If they had to do a lot to help us, we might be more inclined to use this phrase.
Generally, “thanks for all your help” is best when someone has to commit a lot of time and energy to something. If the help we required was demanding, this phrase might be the perfect way to thank them for what they did.
Here’s where it might be applicable:
- Thanks for all your help over the weekend. Take the rest of the week off for that!
- Thanks for all your help last night. I would have been lost without you.
- Thanks for all your help yesterday. You’re the best friend anyone could ask for.
Thanks For Getting This Done
“Thanks for getting this done” is another phrase that’s more informal than “thank you for your effort.” We use it when we ask somebody to do a task for us, and we’re grateful that they got it done.
Usually, we won’t say something like this to a friend or family member. It’s best used when talking to a coworker with who we’re friends, and we’ve asked to help us with something.
Some people might see it as rude since it says “getting this done,” meaning we’ve asked somebody to do something for us.
Here’s where it might work:
- I see you completed the project files. Thanks for getting that done.
- Thanks for getting this done. I imagine it wasn’t easy for you.
- Thanks for getting this done. I’ll make sure to get you back for your hard work.
I Couldn’t Have Done This Without You
“I couldn’t have done this without you” is a great way to share the victory of a task with somebody. It shows that we simply wouldn’t have finished whatever we were working on without the help of somebody else.
This is one of the highest praise phrases of this article. We say it when we really mean “thank you for everything you’ve done for me.” We didn’t place it higher because it’s not the most formal choice and is best to use with friends or family.
Still, it’s a great option and one that you should look into using more yourself.
Here are some great examples to show you how to use it:
- We’ve finished the assignment, and we’ve got plenty of time to spare! I couldn’t have done this without you!
- I couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you for all your time and effort!
- I couldn’t have done this without you! Let me know if there’s anything you ever need from me to repay you!
This Could Not Have Been Finished Without Your Hard Work
Finally, we’ll look at “this could not have been finished without your hard work.” It’s not the most popular phrase, and many people regard it as too long-winded, but it still works well.
“This could not have been finished without your hard work” is great when you want to shine a light on the importance of someone’s efforts on your project.
As we’ve mentioned, simply saying “effort” isn’t enough, as it usually means that the result wasn’t achieved. However, adding “could not have been finished” means the desired result was achieved, which makes talking about the “effort” of the other person all the more rewarding.
Here are some examples to show you what we mean:
- This could not have been finished without your hard work, and I thank you for that.
- This could not have been finished without your hard work, and I owe you!
- We finally finished it! This could not have been finished without your hard work.
What Does “Thanks For Your Effort” Mean?
“Thanks for your effort” means “thank you for the work you put in.” We usually say it when someone has done something to help us, though it doesn’t always mean that they’ve helped us complete the thing.
Generally, we use “thanks for helping me” when someone has helped us to complete a task. On the contrary, “thanks for your effort” means that someone tried their best to help us, though it doesn’t always mean it worked the way we would have liked.
- Thanks for your effort in the meeting this morning.
- Thanks for your effort last night, but I needed to do more myself.
- Thanks for your effort; I really appreciate you trying.
As you can see, the expectation from “thanks for your effort” is that the result wasn’t achieved. While we’re appreciative that someone else tried to help us, we often have to complete the task ourselves.
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Is It Thank You For Your Effort Or Efforts?
“Thank you for your effort” is best when someone did one thing to help us (the singular form “effort”). “Thank you for your efforts” is best when it’s obvious that someone tried more than one thing to help us (the plural form “efforts”).
It’s more common to use “effort” in the singular form here. That’s because people usually only need to provide one effort or attempt to help us with something.
However, you might still come across “thank you for your efforts” if it’s clear that someone did more than one thing to help us. If this is the case, it’s fine to use “efforts,” as it’s still grammatically correct.
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What Does “Human Effort” Mean?
“Human effort” means the effort mankind (or society) puts into a particular thing. It shows the way we work together to achieve a common goal (or how close we get if we fail to achieve it). It’s uncommon to use, but it’s still seen in English every now and then.
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Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.