A thank-you message

Learn how to write a thank-you message to a colleague.

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

From: Paco
To: Maria
Subject: Thanks

Hi Maria,

I hope you're well.

I'm just writing to say thanks for your help on the project last month. We really appreciate you stepping in to support us. I know you had to put in extra hours to catch up on your own work, so thank you very much.  

Your expertise was vital for this project and we couldn't have finished it successfully without you. You really helped us and we hope to work with you again on future projects.

I'll be in touch again soon about possible future collaborations. I look forward to working with you more closely this year.

All the best,

Paco

Tips

  1. Start with a friendly comment:
    I hope you're well.
  2. It's usually best to use an informal style with colleagues:
    Hi Maria, …
    Thanks for your help.
  3. Keep it short.
  4. Mention the good work they did and the positive effect of it:
    Your expertise was vital for this project.
    We couldn't have finished it successfully without your help.
  5. End with a positive comment about future collaboration:
    I hope to work with you more closely in future.
    I look forward to working with you again.

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Submitted by Nikolaos Stavr… on Sun, 15/03/2020 - 12:20

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Hello Kirk, could you help me with this question? please Which one of these sentences below is correct, and why? 1. My aunt's health isn't improving after her operation, unfortunately. 2. My aunt's health doesn't improve after her operation, unfortunately. Thank you Nikolaos

Hello Nikolaos

The first sentence is the correct one. Since we are speaking about a situation that is changing, our aunt's changing health, we use a continuous verb form: the present continuous.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jazmin marquez on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 12:15

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Dear students, I hope you are well. I am writing this email to thank you for your support during this important and difficult process. We could not have done this real without all of you. You really helped us with your patience and ideas. Remember that students are the most important part of the educational process, therefore, we look forward to working with you next year. I will contact you again for your enrollment, so that we have everything ready and can start the school year without problems. Finally, I hope you have a wonderful vacation and see you soon. All the best, Jasmine.

Submitted by Elius Hossain on Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:50

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Submitted by conejo on Mon, 17/02/2020 - 00:34

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I send a thank-you message to my Team after each group meeting because we have a Lot of projects and the goals depend of every person of the team.

Submitted by hungrymoon on Tue, 14/01/2020 - 08:51

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Hi British Council Team, I hope you are well. I would like to thank you for your effort me to learn how to write an effective English. It was very useful to make practice on this website, and without your help I couldn't have learned to write a thank-you message. Also, I am planning to study hard on your other courses. Thus It will be really considerable to have a high score from Toefl at all. Regards. Selman.

Hello hungrymoon

You're very welcome -- best of luck with your studies and on your TOEFL exam! You might also want to consider some of our free courses on FutureLearn. Even though many are specifically about the IELTS, you might find them useful.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by cittàutopica on Mon, 28/10/2019 - 18:31

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I usually work alone, but there are some projects which involve a working group. In these case we work together and we help one another. Therefore we needn't to thank reciprocally. In other circumstances however I needed help about an assignment which required domain expertise: in these case I thanked the colleague who helped me.

Submitted by gicandrade on Wed, 23/10/2019 - 09:39

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Hi peter, I hope you’re well. At first time, I’m so glad to have worked with you. Your expertise was fundamental for this project. Really thank. Your dedication for this project brought to us a new air and new perspective. That’s what we needed. Thank to step and support us. I’ll be in touch again soon about our next work. I look forward to working with you more closely this year. All the best,