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"Much Thanks" or "Many Thanks"?

Cindy C. asked, "Which is correct.: much thanks or many thanks? I hear much thanks but it just doesn't sound right."

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Mignon Fogarty
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Cindy C. asked, "Which is correct.: much thanks or many thanks? I hear much thanks but it just doesn't sound right."

According to the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary, "thanks" is plural, having come from the Middle English singular word "thank." Therefore, "many thanks" is the right phrase because we use "many" with plural count nouns, and we use "much" with mass nouns.

  • I send you many thanks.

  • I have many books.

  • He showed much gratitude.

  • How much time will I need to read them all?

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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.

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