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  1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    Punctuation 'No, thanks' vs. 'No thanks'

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 5, 2014.

    Do you agree?

    No, thanks / No, thank you (With a comma means "No, I don't want to go, but thanks anyway.")-- Or would you omit the comma in these two when the meaning is "no, but thanks anyway"?

    No thanks. (Without a comma means "no gratitude." E.g., I received no thanks [or thank-you] for all my hard work.
     
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    MLM Banned for trolling

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    Both are usable for saying "no but thanks anyway" however "no, thanks" comes off as much more forceful and possibly sarcastic.
     
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    dillseed Active Member

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    Thanks.
     
  4. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Contributing Member Contributor

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    I wouldn't see "No, thanks" as either forceful or sarcastic unless the tone indicates it. But in writing, I would use the comma for the polite refusal, and no comma for meaning "I got no thanks".
     
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    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

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    Well, unless you've just been asked the question, "Did you get a yes or a no?" Then it would be, "I got no, thanks." :)
     

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