Merci de vs Merci pour

Merci de or merci pour
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Thank you for …

There are various ways to say thank you in French which you can use however you like when speaking generally, but when naming the object of your appreciation, there’s a bit of grammar involved.

Depending on what you’re actually saying "thank you" for, you must choose between two prepositions: de and pour.

Merci pour + noun

To say thank someone for something specific in the form of a noun, especially a concrete noun,* use pour.

Par exemple…

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

Merci de + verb

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

Par exemple…

C’est gentil de votre part de le dire.   It’s kind of you to say so.
Je te remercie de l’avoir trouvĂ©.   Thank you for finding it.
Merci de m’avoir accompagnĂ©.   Thank you for accompanying me.
Merci mille fois de nous avoir aidĂ©s.   Thanks a million for helping us.
En vous remerciant de m’avoir parlĂ©, 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 bontĂ©s.   Thank you for all your kindness.
Je vous remercie du soutien.   Thank you for your support.
Merci de votre attention.   Thanks for your attention.

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

 Gratitude-Themed Grammar Quiz

Test yourself on saying thank you in French with this fill-in-the-blanks exercise: Exprimer sa gratitude

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