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Write the Right Word: Thank You

You’ve probably heard this phrase: “We would like to thank … .”

The sentiment is admirable, but you aren’t accomplishing your goal of actually thanking someone. What you are saying is that you have the desire to show your appreciation and you would do it if you could.

The best way to acknowledge someone’s efforts is by simply saying: “We thank … .” For example: “We thank bean growers for participating in this survey.” “I thank my colleagues for their assistance in developing this publication.”

Ellen Crawford, Information Specialist, (701) 231-5391

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