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According to prevalent formal writing style rules,

  • Should the phrase be in quotes (as in "thank you" or thank you)?

  • Should T of Thank be capital?

  • Should there be a hyphen?

They did not give him a polite "thank you."

or,

They did not give him a polite Thank-you.

or,

They did not give him a polite "Thank you."

or,

They did not give him a polite thank-you.

etc.

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    I feel this could be fairly easily answered with a little research. Have you done much so far? – Livrecache Oct 4 '17 at 5:21
  • Anything that I found about it, is actually not dispositive. the thank-you is a noun, but whether there should be quotes or not, T should be capital or not, or hyphen needed or not seems unclear. – Joe Black Oct 4 '17 at 5:33
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They did not give him a polite thank you. >> without the hyphen, I believe; it's not an adjective.

Rather rephrase:

  • It's a noun in the sentence in the OP. So hyphen should be good. But the real issue I think is quotes or not, T capital or not. – Joe Black Oct 4 '17 at 5:34

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