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Decoding ‘I appreciate that’: Meaning and Nuance

Decoding ‘I appreciate that’: Meaning and Nuance

When someone says, “I appreciate that,” they’re expressing gratitude and appreciation in a more heartfelt way than simply saying “thank you.” But what does it mean to truly appreciate something?

It’s more than just verbal acknowledgment—it means taking the time to understand what has been done for you and showing sincere appreciation for it. On the other hand, thank you is the standard phrase for showing gratitude when you like a gift.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the nuances of what it means to truly appreciate something and how “I appreciate that” differs from simply saying “thank you.” Read on for a deeper understanding.

What does “I appreciate that” mean? 

When someone says, “I appreciate that,” it usually means they are thankful for something you have done. This phrase can be said in response to a favor, kind gesture, or thoughtful gift.

For example, if you lend your neighbor a tool they need for a project, and they reply with “I appreciate that,” this is their way of expressing gratitude

Similarly, if a friend gives you a handmade gift they made especially for you and you say, “I appreciate that,” this is your way of showing appreciation.

When someone says, “I appreciate that,” it shows they value what you have done and are grateful for the time or effort you put in to make it happen.

This is the most common phrase native use. It might seem unusual for some cultures to show gratitude, though you should learn to use this phrase most often if you’re planning to move to the United States.

What does “thank you” mean? 

What does “thank you” mean? 
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Undoubtedly, one of the most powerful phrases in any language is “thank you.” It is a simple expression that can go a long way to show appreciation for what someone has done for you

Saying thank you acknowledges other people’s effort and shows that you have noticed and appreciate it. In English, this phrase may be used in many different ways, from a polite reply to an offer of help to expressing gratitude for a gift or kindness

Examples include:

  • Thank you for the dinner.
  • Thanks for helping me move into a new apartment.
  • Thanks for the birthday present.
  • I really appreciate your support.

“Thank you” and “I appreciate it” – What’s the difference? 

Thank youI appreciate it
Meaning Expressing gratitude for a kind gesture or helpful actionShowing acknowledgment and recognition of an effort or kindness
Examples If your grandmother wishes you a happy birthday, you can simply say, “thank you.”  If your grandmother serves you hot chocolate when you arrive at her home, you could say, “I appreciate that.”
“Thank you” vs. “I appreciate that”

What are other ways to say thank you?

What are other ways to say thank you?
Thank You
  1. Much appreciated
  2. I am grateful
  3. Many thanks
  4. Cheers
  5. Thank you kindly
  6. Thanks a bunch
  7. Thanks a million 
  8. I couldn’t have done it without you
  9. You’re the best
  10. You are amazing
  11. Thanks for your help
  12. Thank you for everything
  13. I owe you one!

I will appreciate that vs. I would appreciate that – which one is correct?

The phrase “I will appreciate that” is more commonly used in formal contexts. It expresses appreciation and gratitude for someone’s help or actions. On the other hand, “I would appreciate that” is more commonly used in informal contexts to express the same sentiment.

In some cases, both phrases can be used interchangeably. Ultimately, it comes down to the context in which you are speaking.

Generally, “I will appreciate that” is considered more appropriate for formal contexts, while “I would appreciate that” is better suited for informal contexts.

Either phrase can be used to effectively express appreciation and gratitude. However, it is important to keep the context in mind when deciding which phrase to use.

In some cases, you may want to err on the side of formality, while in other cases, you may want to use the more conversational “I would appreciate that.” Ultimately, choosing which phrase is best depends on the situation and context.

What else could be said in place of “I appreciate that”?

What else could be said in place of “I appreciate that”?
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Some alternative phrases that could be used instead of “I appreciate that” include:

  • Thank you.
  • I am grateful for this.
  • That is kind of you.
  • I am thankful for your help.
  • Many thanks for your consideration.
  • Much obliged.
  • I am appreciative.
  • I cannot thank you enough.
  • I am very grateful.
  • Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.
  • I am indebted to you.
  • Your generosity is appreciated.
  • I owe you one.
  • That’s very kind of you.
  • You have my gratitude.
  • That was really helpful.
  • Thank you for your help/support/kindness, etc.

Advance-level Phrases in English

Advance level English phrases that every non-native should learn include:

  • I am somewhat dubious – You can use it when you’re not sure about something. 
  • I’m not sure – Saying you aren’t sure of an answer
  • Let’s take a step back – A suggestion to view the situation from another perspective
  • What does that mean – When referring to something unfamiliar
  • That is an excellent development – A good alternative to “that’s good”
  • It goes without saying – When something seems obvious, you can use this expression
  • I’ll keep that in mind – Sincere appreciation, even if you are not planning to use others’ suggestions
  • I could be wrong, but… – Used to introduce a hypothesis or suggestion that may not be completely accurate
  • Let’s move on – To suggest that it is time to stop discussing the previous topic and start discussing something new
  • I’m sorry, I don’t understand – Used when you don’t comprehend what someone is saying or asking
You can watch this video to learn 50 common English phrases.


  • In conclusion, both “thank you” and “I appreciate it” are phrases that can be used to show gratitude for the kindness or efforts of another person. 
  • While “thank you” is a polite phrase for expressing appreciation, “I appreciate that” has a deeper and more heartfelt meaning. 
  • By saying “I appreciate that,” one expresses recognition and acknowledgment of the effort or kindness shown. 
  • So next time someone does something nice, consider saying “I appreciate that” instead of just “thank you” to show a deeper level of gratitude. ​

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