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How to say “THANK YOU” in Italian
Even those who are moving their first steps in Italian language know the word “GRAZIE!” (Thank you)
But, sometimes, it seems mundane or insufficient… Or maybe you just want to diversify or to use new expressions. This lesson is designed to meet these needs!
1) Grazie with the addition of terms which enforce the meaning:
- GRAZIE MILLE!
- MILLE GRAZIE!
- GRAZIE INFINITE!
- MOLTE GRAZIE!
- GRAZIE TANTE!
- GRAZIE DI CUORE!
(Thanks a lot, thank you so much)
A common mistake made by students of Italian is using “Grazie di / per + an infinitive verb“
Grazie di chiamare
Grazie per rispondere
Grazie di aiutarmi
But in Italian this form is wrong!
In fact, in these case, the correct grammar structure is:
Grazie + DI / PER (Thanks for) + infnitive auxiliary + past participle of the verb
Grazie di aver chiamato (Thanks for calling)
Grazie per aver risposto (Thanks for answering)
Grazie di avermi aiutato (Thanks for helping me)
Or the alternative structure is:
Grazie + DI / PER + noun
Grazie della chiamata (Thanks for the call)
Grazie per la risposta (Thanks for the answer)
Grazie dell’aiuto (Thanks for the help)
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2) The verb “ringraziare” (to thank)
N.B. When we use “ringraziare”, since it is a verb, we have to be very careful when we conjugate it! So we will say:
Ti ringrazio! → Informal context, if the person to thank is a friend, a relative, a close acquaintance…
La ringrazio! → Formal context, if we are referring to our employer, teacher,, doctor or if we don’t know the person we are tallking to.
Vi ringrazio! → If there are more people, both in a formal and an informal context
Even this verb can be enforced with other terms. so we will have expressions like:
Ti ringrazio di cuore!
La ringrazio molto!
Vi ringrazio tanto!
3) The expression “essere grati a qualcuno di / per qualcosa” (being grateful to someone for something)
Sono grata ai miei genitori per avermi pagato le tasse universitarie! (I’m grateful to my parents for paying the college taxes)
Ti sono grato per avermi aiutato a realizzare questo video! (I’m grateful to you for helping me making this video)
4) The expression “dovere un favore (a qualcuno)“ → “dovere qualcosa a qualcuno” means to owe something: in this case a favor
Devo un favore a Lorenzo per avermi aiutato a montare questo armadio! (I owe Lorenzo for helping me assembling this closet)
Now that you know how to thank in Italian, learn how to say YOU’RE WELCOME!