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Does "Thank-You" Have a Hyphen

By
Mignon Fogarty,,
January 11, 2010

Andy from the land of Lincoln wants to know whether he should write "Thank yous go out to ...," "Thank you goes out to ...," or "Thanks go to ..."

"Thank-you" with a hyphen can be a noun and an adjective. When it's a noun, you make it plural by adding an "s" to the end: "thank-yous."

That looks odd, so I'd probably rewrite it using "thanks," which can also be a noun.

  •  I need to send my thank-you notes. (adjective)
  •  Our thank-yous go to the sponsors. (noun)
  •  Our thanks go to the sponsors. (noun)

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Thank-You image, nateOne at Flickr, CC BY 2.0

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