Idiom of the Week: Thanks in Advance

Meaning: Said to someone before they help you or do something nice for you.


Thanks in advance for watching my kids next weekend.

I just want to say thank you in advance to all the people who will be volunteering at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

“I’m going to make a big pumpkin pie for you.” “Thanks in advance!”

Pop Quiz:

Your friend is going to lend you her car on Friday. When should you not say “Thanks in advance” to her?

A.  On Thursday.

B.  On Friday.

C.  On Saturday.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B and C. You only say “Thanks in advance” to someone BEFORE they help you. B, however, might be correct if you say “Thanks in advance” in the morning and you pick up the car in the afternoon.

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