Rule 1: You should always put a comma after “thank you” when you directly thank someone, and “thank you” is followed by someone’s name.
- Correct: Thank you, Anna.
- Incorrect: Thank you Anna.
Rule 2: Do not use a comma after “thank you” when referring to the act of thanking someone and when you do not use a name.
- Correct: I wanted to say thank you very much for your help.
- Incorrect: I wanted to say thank you, very much for your help.
Rule 3: Do not use a comma after “thank you” when it is a noun.
- Correct: I am sending you a big thank you for your support.
- Incorrect: I am sending you a big thank you, for your support.
Keep reading the rest of the article to learn more about commas with “thank you” and to see exceptions to these rules.
We’ll show you a lot of example sentences to help explain the rules.
When to Use a Comma After “Thank You”
When deciding whether to use a comma after “thank you,” please see Rule 1.
Rule 1: Use a comma after “thank you” when you use it before a name to directly “thank” someone.
Here are some examples:
- Thank you, Joyce, for your support these past few weeks.
- Thank you, Sarah, for lending me that book.
- Thank you, Brian, for always being there when I needed advice.
- Thank you, Claire, for the thoughtful gift.
You can also add other words to emphasize the term further.
Take a look at these examples where we’ve added some additional words:
- Thank you again, Mark. You were great today.
- Thank you so much, Peter, for all your help with the project.
- Thanks a lot, Amy, for taking the time to explain that to me.
- Many thanks, Richard, for the warm hospitality.
The same rule applies when you use terms like “all” or “everyone.” If you are directly addressing a person or people, you should use a comma.
Here are some examples for you to take a look at:
- Thank you, everyone. We couldn’t have done it without you.
- Thank you, all. We are glad you could all make it.
- Thank you, everyone, for your hard work on this campaign.
- Thank you, everyone, for pitching in during the crisis.
- Thank you, all. Your dedication is truly commendable.
Now, let’s see when you should avoid a comma after “thank you.”
When to Avoid a Comma After “Thank You”
Please see Rules 2 and 3 to learn when to avoid commas with “thank you.”
Rule 2: You shouldn’t use a comma after “thank you” when you refer to the act of thanking someone.
This differs from directly “thanking” them because you do not mention a name.
Instead, either a pronoun or a preposition follows “thank you.”
- I wanted to thank you for your time today.
- Thank you for all your help at the center.
- Thank you for making this possible for all of us.
- I must thank you for your continued support.
- They all want to thank you for your guidance.
Rule 3: You shouldn’t use a comma after “thank you” when it appears in a sentence as a noun.
In these sentences, the “thank you” will be preceded by a verb such as “send” or “give.”
- I want to give you a huge thank you when I see you.
- We are sending a massive thank you for your invaluable advice.
- She decided to give a heartfelt thank you during the farewell speech.
- We wanted to extend a special thank you for your contributions.
- They plan to send a handwritten thank you for the generosity shown.
However, sentence structure sometimes means a comma is required after “thank you” in the middle of a sentence.
For example, if “thank you” appears at the end of a clause in a sentence, you should put a comma.
Here are some example sentences:
- I wanted to say thank you, but he had already left when I got there.
- They were about to say thank you, but the moment had passed.
- I tried to express my thank you, but words failed me at that moment.
- Before she could utter a thank you, the benefactor had disappeared into the crowd.
Always put a comma after “thank you” when you use it with a name to directly “thank” someone. E.g., “Thank you, Maria.” or “Thank you, everyone.” However, do not put a comma when you refer to “thanking” someone or when “thank you” is a noun.