Thank You vs. Thank-You

It can be confusing to know when and when not to use a hyphen with thank you.

Thank-you is the noun form:

— I sent my brother a thank-you.
— Be sure to follow up with a thank-you.

Thank-you is also the adjective form

— She sent the teacher a thank-you note.
— A thank-you gift will be welcomed.

In verb form, use thank you.

— I thank you for your kindness
— Thank you for being there for me.

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