French expressions of gratitude
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There are many different ways to express gratitude in French, from a simple thank you to ultra-polite expressions of appreciation. Learn how to thank everyone for everything with these French expressions related to gratitude.

Simple ways to say thank you

Merci Thank you
Merci beaucoup Thank you very much
Merci bien Thanks a lot (may be sincere or sarcastic)
Merci mille fois
Mille fois merci
Mille mercis
 Thanks a million
Un grand merci
Merci infiniment
 Many thanks

Expressing thanks in general

À votre bon cœur ! Thank you kindly!
Avec tous mes / nos remerciements. With my / our thanks.
C’est (vraiment) gentil de ta / votre part.* It’s (very) kind of you.
En vous remerciant … (common in letters) Thanking you …
Je vous remercie. I thank you.
Je tiens à vous exprimer notre gratitude. I wish to express our gratitude to you.
Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements. I send you my most sincere thanks.
Je vous remercie de tout cœur. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Je ne sais pas comment vous remercier. I don’t know how to thank you.
Je vous suis extrêmement reconnaissant. I ame very grateful to you.
Remerciez-le / -la de ma part. Thank him / her for me.
Transmettez mes remerciements à Marc. Pass on my thanks to Marc.

* All of these can be used with te or vous, depending on your relationship to the person – learn more: Te vs vous.

Expressing thanks for something specific

You can use most of the above expressions while naming whatever is it that you’re thankful for but, depending on what that thing actually is, you must choose between two prepositions:

1) To thank someone for a noun, use pour:

Merci beaucoup pour les vêtements. Thank you very much for the clothes.
Je te remercie pour le déjeuner. Thank you for lunch.
Je tiens à vous exprimer notre gratitude pour votre gentillesse. I wish to express our gratitude for your kindness.
Remerciez-la de ma part pour les livres. Thank her for me for the books.
En vous remerciant pour votre assistance, nous espérons … Thanking you for your assistance, we hope …

2) Use de to thank someone for doing something (expressed with the French infinitive or past infinitive):

C’est gentil de votre part de le dire. It’s kind of you to say so.
Je te remercie de l’avoir trouvé. Thank you for finding it.
Merci de m’avoir accompagné. Thank you for accompanying me.
Merci mille fois de nous avoir aidés. Thanks a million for helping us.
En vous remerciant de m’avoir parlé, je voudrais … Thanking you for speaking to me, I’d like to …

De is also sometimes used with abstract nouns and sounds more elegant.

Merci bien de votre assistance. Thank you for your help.
Merci de toutes vos bontés. Thank you for all your kindness.
Je vous remercie du soutien. Thank you for your support.
Merci de votre attention. Thanks for your attention.

Expressing future thanks

Merci d’avance = Thanks in advance

 Not merci en avance

There are also very formal expressions you can use in French business letters:

Je vous saurais gré de (bien vouloir) … I would be grateful if you could (be so kind as to) …
Je vous serais reconnaissant de (bien vouloir) … I would be grateful to you (to be so kind as to) …
Je vous serais très obligé de (bien vouloir) … I would be obliged if you could (be so kind as to) …

More grateful French vocabulary and verbs

dire merci à (quelqu’un) to say thank you to (someone)
grâce à thanks to
la gratitude gratitude, thankfulness
la reconnaissance recognition, thankfulness
avec reconnaissance gratefully
reconnaissant(adj) thankful
   être reconnaissant de + infinitive to be thankful for + present participle
   …être reconnaissant de + noun to be thankful for something
   …être reconnaissant envers + person to be thankful to/for + person
des remerciements(m) thanks
remercier (quelqu’un) to thank (someone)
ingrat(adj) thankless

 When saying thank you to a friend, you might also do les bises.

 Gratitude-Themed Grammar Quiz

Test yourself on relative pronouns with this fill-in-the-blanks exercise: Exprimer sa gratitude

Note: You must be logged into your Progress with Lawless French account to take this test. If you don’t have one, sign up – it’s free!

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2 Responses

  1. Bianca 21 December 2017 / 2:23

    How do you say im grateful to have you as a teacher.

    • lkl 21 December 2017 / 7:23

      Je suis reconnaissant(e) de vous avoir comme professeur.