ありがとうございます

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phrase consisting of ありがとう (arigatō, thank you) +‎ ございます (gozaimasu, to be, it is, formal). Literal meaning closer to “it is welcome”, but semantically and contextually used to mean “thank you”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [a̠ɾiɡa̠to̞ː ɡo̞za̠ima̠sɯᵝ], [a̠ɾiŋa̠to̞ː ɡo̞za̠ima̠sɯᵝ], [a̠ɾiɡa̠to̞ː ɡo̞za̠ima̠sɯ̥ᵝ], [a̠ɾiŋa̠to̞ː ɡo̞za̠ima̠sɯ̥ᵝ]

Interjection[edit]

ありがとうございます (romaji arigatō gozaimasu)

  1. thank you very much
     (おし)えてくれてありがとうございます
    oshiete kurete arigatō gozaimasu.
    Thank you for telling me about it.
    いつもご利用 (りよう)ありがとうございます
    itsumo go-riyō arigatō gozaimasu.
    Thank you for always using our services.

Usage notes[edit]

Most often written in hiragana. May occasionally be spelled in kanji various ways. Generally, the more kanji used, the more formal the written form. The following lists alternative forms in rough order from casual to formal.

Alternative forms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Expressions of thanks are given below in rough order of casual to polite. Note that gozaimasu changes to gozaimashita when referring to events in the past.

Coordinate terms[edit]