Is it correct to write "Thank you anyway" in this situation?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Gabrielle1234, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Gabrielle1234 New Member

    Hello, everyone.

    I would like to ask a favor from a professor in an mail, but I am not sure whether he would help me. Is it polite if I write as the following:

    "If possible, would you be so kind as to help me?
    Thank you anyway."

    If it is not correct to write as the above, how shall I write?
    Thank you.
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    Hello Gabrielle, and welcome to the forum,

    It's appropriate to thank someone after they have helped you. Some people say 'thank you, in advance' but I regard it as a slightly shoddy habit; it suggests they are not going to thank you at the proper moment at all.

    Thank you anyway is best used when you have asked someone for help, and they explain how they can't help you. You are thanking them for taking the trouble to explain this to you, and acknowledging acceptance of the fact that they can't help you.
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Hello Gabrielle - welcome to WordReference :)

    I might say Thank you anyway after I had found out that the professor was not able to help me, but not before. I don't think I would write it, even in an e-mail.

    In this context I would just say Thank you.
    At this stage you are thanking him for reading your e-mail.

    Slightly to the side of the topic ...
    This seems to be a natural courtesy in some cultures/languages.
    See Thank you in advance.
  4. Gabrielle1234 New Member

    I see. Then I'll write 'thank you'.

    I appreciate your answers. Thanks a lot!

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