Thank you in anticipation

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Karen123456, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    Is it correct to end a letter with "Thank you in anticipation", which I sometimes see used by my friends.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. teksch Senior Member

    San Diego, California
    English - American
    I would have to ask, "in anticipation of what?" No, this phrase is not correct.
     
  3. baker589 Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Teksch is right, it isn't very idiomatic. What sort of letter is it? Who is it to? Without the context we can't really give you a better ending.
     
  4. Thenthroot New Member

    English - American
    I think the word they were going for was "advance" - "Thanks in advance," means "I have no reason right now to thank you, but assuming you do what I just asked you, I thank you."

    I see it used a lot in friendly correspondence, but I wouldn't use it with someone you didn't know, since it implies that you think the recipient of your letter will do what you've asked.
     
  5. ABBA Stanza Senior Member

    Hessen, DE
    English (UK)
    Really? I've used it many times before! :)

    "Thank you in anticipation" implies "Thank you in anticipation of your response".

    I'm amazed that I'm the only one who's heard of it so far! :eek:

    Abba
     
  6. Redshade Senior Member

    UK
    English.
    Thank you in anticipation/advance would not be used in a
    business to business missive or in private correspondence between friends.



    I would only use it when ,as a private individual,I am writing to a business asking for something, usually routine or relatively unimportant, knowing that they are likely to accede to my request but accept that no further correspondence is going to be generated ,it being an informal alternative to the Dear Sir/yours faithfully or Dear
    Mr Smith/yours sincerely forms of salutation.


    " Dear BarrenEarth Seeds.

    Please send me a copy of your new catalogue.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    J.Smith."
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2009
  7. sportwood

    sportwood New Member

    Bloomington, Indiana
    English - Appalacian
    I also wouldn't use a variation of "Thanks in advance" when the person might not grant your request. However, what I do like to use in such a situation is "Thank you for your consideration."
     
  8. baker589 Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    When emailing my friends (as the limited context suggests) I often just write my name at the end:

    To XXXX,

    YYYYY

    James

    I certainly wouldn't say 'thanking you in anticipation'. It's just too formal for a friend.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  9. EmilyD Senior Member

    Rhode Island
    U.S., English
    I used
    "Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter..."
    yesterday
    in a letter to a health care administrator ( read: businessman).

    I've used it in letters to elected officials.

    I think it is quite commonly used in these parts...

    Happy February, in advance!

    Nomi
     
  10. baker589 Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    But a health care administrator isn't your friend!
     
  11. Redshade Senior Member

    UK
    English.
    Hi James.

    Here is my first sentence again.

    Thank you in anticipation/advance would not be used in a
    business to business missive or in private correspondence between friends.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  12. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    Many thanks to every one of you who has replied to my query.
     

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