Thank you in advance
September 24, 2013 7:19 AM Subscribe
"Thank you in advance." This is a phrase that annoys me. Should it?
posted by mister_kaupungister to human relations (53 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To me, the written phrase "thank you in advance" seems presumptuous, because it implies a presumption that the answer is "yes". In which case the asking is just a mere formality - which in fact it may not be. I realise that this is sometimes a fair presumption (Mefites use it here sometimes - the presumption is people will answer their questions, and usually they do, so fair enough.)
I'm just curious about what Mefites think about the phrase. Is it presumptuous, or is it a standard expression and so am I being way too precious? Would you only use it when the answer is unlikely to be no?
Nope I am not going to sign off with it :)