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“Special thanks go to” or “Special thanks goes to”

I heard a lot of time the following two sentences.

Many thanks also goes to xyz and abc for [...].
Many thanks also go to xyz and abc for [...].

Which one of these two sentences is correct? Is thanks singular or plural?

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This is pretty much a dpulicate of english.stackexchange.com/questions/15429/… — there are some excellent answers there. –  PLL Apr 7 '11 at 0:33
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In the sentence you wrote, many thanks is plural, and you should write many thanks go.

Thanks is also used as singular, as shown in the following sentences reported by the Corpus of Contemporary American English, which find 13 sentences containing thanks goes used in academic context.

My deepest thanks goes to the German and US journalists who shared their expertise with me in the context of my fieldwork. [ACAD]
A special thanks goes to Kara Goodson and Jimmie King at PSA Headquarters. [ACAD]
Special thanks goes to the world's exhibitor community for they submitted nearly 2,500 entries (10,000 images) for the judges and ultimately for exhibitions at the Conference in Baltimore. [ACAD]
[...] and a lot of thanks goes to Cory Parker. [NEWS]
A heartfelt thanks goes out to the staff of the Victims Witness Assistance Program. [NEWS]
My heartfelt thanks goes to the police and paramedics for their quick and caring response. [NEWS]

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The part between brackets after the sentence reports in which context the sentence is found. –  kiamlaluno Apr 6 '11 at 22:42
    
I must admit I find "thanks" as a singular sounds odd, even in the examples you quoted. –  user1579 Apr 6 '11 at 22:47
    
To say it all, the CoCA finds 89 sentences containing thanks go, and 21 sentences containing thanks goes. Using thanks as singular sounds like using news as plural, to me. It doesn't sound so odd to my hears, though. –  kiamlaluno Apr 6 '11 at 22:52
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In a few of these it seems like maybe the speaker is really saying, A heartfelt “thanks” goes out to.... It doesn't sound all that strange to me if I think of it that way. –  Jason Orendorff Apr 7 '11 at 6:03
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Thanks is plural, as indicated by the word many.

As a result, the use of goes here is incorrect.

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It is both the singular and plural form of the word, like "deer" or "fish".

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