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Which one is correct — "Thank you Jim" or "Thanks Jim"?

If I start an email with the sentence "Thank you Jim" in Outlook, it shows grammar error while if I begin with "Thanks Jim" it doesn't.

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Maybe the error is because you were supposed to say "Thank you, Jim." –  Simon Kuang Jul 15 '13 at 5:40
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They're both correct. "Thanks" is slightly more informal, but otherwise, they both mean the same, a statement of gratitude.

Although they're both correct, they have a difference.

"Thanks" is a noun, and can be used like this:

Give James my thanks./ I give you my thanks.(when speaking face to face)

Hence, the today's expression, "Thanks, Jim".

"Thank you", the "thank" is a verb, and is actually a shortening of the phrase "I thank you". So, you'd probably not say "Give Jim my thank-you", but "Give Jim my thanks."

Otherwise, they are interchangeable.

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The grammar error that's popping up would probably be cleared by inserting a comma after "Thank you". Although the "thanks" version should probably also have a comma, it has probably been flagged as an informal usage suitable for terse communication. –  bye Jul 7 '11 at 8:44
    
@Stan Rogers: that should be an answer rather than a comment. –  RegDwigнt Jul 7 '11 at 10:06
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Thanks is another way of saying thank you.

The difference is that thanks is a noun used for

  • An expression of gratitude: "Festivals were held to give thanks for the harvest."
  • A feeling of appreciation: "They expressed their thanks and wished her well."

Thank is a verb, and it means "express gratitude."

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