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Common mistake: grateful or thankful

We use grateful to talk about how we feel when someone is kind to us or does us a favour:

[a message on a thank-you card]

Thank you so much for helping us move house. We are so grateful.


Mark and Rose

[at the end of a formal letter]

I would be very grateful if you could send me more information about your company for my school project.

Not: I would be thankful …


We usually use thankful when we are relieved that something unpleasant or dangerous didn’t happen:


I heard you were in an accident. Are you okay?


I’m fine. There was some damage to the car. I’m just thankful that no one was injured.

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