We Can’t Thank You Enough – What???

“We can’t thank you enough” is an expression used sometimes when you are extremely thankful for something.

I’ve been bothered by this saying for a while now. Perhaps, it is an idiom that I am not able to appreciate. I understand the intention (very thankful) but the literal meaning just doesn’t hold up.

What is enough?

What would it take to thank someone “enough”? Why doesn’t your thanks measure up? If you are not able to thank them enough, does that mean your thanks is not sufficient?

There likely will not be a monetary value or any other value that can be “enough”.

Your words will be enough!!!

Enough is giving proper thanks. Say what you mean.  And write a handwritten thank you note.

Alternatives to “We can’t thank you enough”

I appreciate how much you’ve done for me because…[insert specific reason]

I’m very grateful for all of your help. Your help with [insert whatever] got me out the bind I was in!

Another approach, if you are worried about is, is to ask how can I thank you? Most people will likely say they are just happy to have helped. Saying thanks will be enough. I recommend sending a thank you note and DO NOT include “We can’t thank you enough”.

If you want to go beyond a thank you note and do something extra for them, consider thanking them with a gift. Perhaps, a gift card to their favorite store or a restaurant.

What do you think of the expression “We can’t thank you enough?” Like it and use it or dump it?

About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

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