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“Thank you in advance”: More formal alternatives

To avoid misunderstanding while writing, it is better to use alternative words instead of “thank you in advance” especially in formal emails as the recipient might misinterpret it to sound like “I expect you to do this.”

Olaoluwa Ajayi
Olaoluwa Ajayi

To avoid misunderstanding while writing, it is better to use alternative words instead of “thank you in advance” especially in formal emails as the recipient might misinterpret it to sound like “I expect you to do this.”

So, to avoid this misinterpretation, these are more formal alternatives to use instead of the phrase, “thank you in advance.”

Synonyms for “Thank you in advance”

Thank you for your attention

This expression does not give any room for misinterpretation as the gratitude is clear. You are appreciating your recipient for acknowledging your request even if they will not do what you have asked in the end.

It basically means “thank you for investing time and energy into reading this email/letter.”

Other appropriate alternatives include:

Thank you as you help look into this...
Thank you for any assistance you can offer ...
Lots of thanks ...
Gratefully, [your name] ...
If this isn’t possible by [date], please let me know and I'll see what I can do
I hope this is not inconvenient for you...
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate this request...
I am grateful for your time here...
Thank you for your time in the meantime...
In any case, thank you for your assistance...
I appreciate you doing X...
I'm excited to [share the findings, talk about what you discover, learn more about...]
I'd appreciate it if you could assist...
I'm counting on you since you're the best.
Sending a lot of thanks for your assistance
Thank you for your continued cooperation...
I know your time is valuable, and I appreciate your attention...
I appreciate your extra time here...
Let me know if it is something you can help with...

With each of these phrases, you do not need to use the cliche “thank you in advance” in your emails anymore. You can choose the most appropriate one, not ignoring context, in your next speech or email. Make these changes immediately so you will sound less uncourteous.

Having said that, there are some instances where “thank you in advance” is not out of place at all. These instances include:

1. If you work with a partner you always share duties.

2. If you have already had an agreement with someone but you are just writing to remind them or following up.

3. If you have been already asked to send it by your recipient and now, you are just fulfilling that purpose.

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