Does "Thank-You" Have a Hyphen

Mignon Fogarty
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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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Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.