Thank you in advance,


Your reaction lớn that sign-off will probably depend on the tone and nội dung of Susie’s gmail. If she politely apologized for the short notice và begged you to please consider whipping up what has become an office favorite (because, really, who doesn’t like cupcakes?), you might get busy baking after work. If she was demanding and unapologetic . . . not so much.

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“Thanks in advance” is a rather loaded sign-off. On one hand, a study by the gmail tiện ích Boomerang ranked it as the sign-off most likely khổng lồ get a response. (Other forms of “thank you” also ranked at the top.) Clearly, gratitude is a solid way to lớn end an tin nhắn if you want to hear bachồng from the recipient.

On the other hvà, “Thank you in advance” can come across as presumptuous và even passive-aggressive. Depending on the context, it could make Susie sound as though she’s saying, “I expect you to vị this.”

If you want lớn steer clear of the potential misunderstandings this popular sign-off might create, here are a few options to lớn try.



There’s nothing wrong with a plain ol’ “thanks.” Taking “in advance” out of your expression of gratefulness removes the tone of expectancy and takes some pressure off the receiver. It’s a little vague, though, so if there’s any chance your recipient might find herself asking Thanks for what?, it’s better to lớn . . .

2Use a Điện thoại tư vấn to lớn action.

If you want your gmail to lớn get a response, ask your recipient lớn vày something after he finishes reading it. Let’s use Susie’s cupcake request as an example. After explaining what she hopes you’ll bởi, she might finish with a điện thoại tư vấn lớn action (CTA) in the size of a question.

I know this is really short notice—I clearly wasn’t planning ahead! Do you think you’d have sầu time khổng lồ make us some of your awesome treats?


“Thanks in advance” can put the recipient in the awkward position of having to say no after you implied that you expected a yes. Using a CTA, however, gives the recipient options rather than expectations. That makes it both polite and effective sầu. Here, Susie asked a direct question. She included a little mea culpa, & she didn’t make assumptions. How nice of her!

3I appreciate your help with ______.

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This sign-off works best if someone has already lent you a hand. Or you can use it if you’re asking for assistance và you’re pretty sure the recipient is going to say yes because you’ve had an ongoing dialogue or your working relationship is already cooperative.

4Thanks for considering my request.

This sign-off can work well because it doesn’t presume that the recipient will do anything more than give some thought khổng lồ what you asked them to lớn bởi vì. Pro tip: It’s best khổng lồ use this type of sign-off in conjunction with a CTA. Otherwise, all the recipient may vì chưng is consider your request . . . without ever getting bachồng lớn you.

5Thanks for your attention. I’m looking forward khổng lồ your reply.

This one is more businesslike & direct. If you vì chưng indeed expect a reply, it conveys a tone that’s firm và insistent. This one’s probably best used by managers communicating with people they supervise. When used by colleagues on the same tier, it could come across as bossy.

E-Mail Request Example

“Thank you in advance” can be useful when you know the recipient is going lớn vì what you’re asking of them, và you want to express gratitude up front. But more often, it’s likely khổng lồ be misconstrued as demanding, even if you don’t mean it to lớn be.

Your best bet is lớn explain what you’re hoping the recipient will vì chưng, include a CTA, & offer a quiông xã thanks. Using that format, Susie’s cupcake request might look lượt thích this:

Hi Joe,

Dave, our office manager, retires tomorrow. I’ve sầu been busy planning his send-off các buổi tiệc nhỏ. I noticed you RSVP’d lớn the invite—thanks!

This morning, someone asked me whether you’d be bringing your famous cupcakes, and it dawned on me that I completely forgot lớn ask you about them. We’d need about three dozen for the các buổi party.

I know this is really short notice—I clearly wasn’t planning ahead! Do you think you’d have time to lớn make us some of your awesome treats?


Because Susie was polite & played her cards right, there’s a good chance of cupcakes at the buổi tiệc ngọt tomorrow. Huzzah!