Is this correct without a comma after 'No'?

Mike: Would you like a slice, Joe?
Bob: No thanks.

April: Would you like a beer?
Amy: No thank you.

Context seems clear to me without a comma in each.

  • Are you trying to conserve characters, or is there some other motivation for wanting to omit the comma? There's probably not too much chance that you'll be misunderstood, but that one little punctuation mark will ensure that the sentence is read No, (but I) thank you (just the same) rather than as (I offer) no [‘]thank you[’]. – 1006a Oct 2 '16 at 1:20
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    "No thanks" is commonly said without any hint of a pause, and thus there is no need for the comma, in most uses. There is little danger of it being misinterpreted in a reasonable context. "No, thank you", on the other hand, is probably more appropriate with the comma -- there is generally a hint of a pause after "no". – Hot Licks Oct 2 '16 at 1:24

It is not required. If using "No thanks" which is shortened for thank you. If using "No, thank you" there is a pause and sounds more formal with the comma.

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