Could anybody please explain what differences there may be between those, whether of correctness or usefulness or anything else that separates one version from the other. I wouldn't agree that either is necessarily "more genuine" as JohnPeyton has suggested. Intonation and emphasis can affect the intended meaning as much as the actual words used. Additionally, I think usage will differ between different English-speaking regions and countries, with some nationalities being naturally more reserved, and others naturally more 'gushing'.
Thus some will tend to use superlatives much more readily than others, with the result that the former may have to use 'super-superlatives' to express greater thanks! It happens to be less formal, and it implies that the person saying it really means it.
Having said that, I recently returned to the USA after living abroad for 25 years, and I noticed people using or overusing the phrase Thank you so much rather than Thank you very much or Thanks a lot , both of which I remembered being standard things that people used to say. I am not one to follow verbal fads. If you dig into your memory banks you will realize that "thank you so much" only became widely used in the last couple of years.
Listen to people on TV and you'll now hear "so much" almost exclusively. It is just a pop culture trend. People hear it then repeat it. It is no more sincere than "very much. It is part of an overall fascination with "so.
You are either going or you are not. So is so being so overused now. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
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Some people used to say: Thank you very much. Thank you so much. Raiyan 96 2 2 5. In summary, and answering OP's direct question: Neither is wrong and hence neither 'more correct'. Both are equally useful, as is just plain "Thank you", "Thanks", "Many thanks", and other variations.
I do agree with JohnPeyton that "Thank you very much" is a little more formal, and "Thank you so much" is less formal. TrevorD 9, 2 18 John Peyton 5 9. Doc Holiday 61 1. This is more of a comment than it is an answer per se. Both of them are grammatically fine. Paul Raymond Doyon 41 1. It seems to be used a lot recently. And no, JohnPeyton, it is not being used to say thank you more genuinely. Just the opposite, IMO: It is used mechanically, e.
I suppose that it was adopted precisely because people thought it was making their thank-you stand out and seem more genuine. I moved to US from Israel a year ago, I have never heard "thank you so much" before. I always knew "thank you very much" which is what I use. I think it may be a new slang. Can Someone check the first occurrence in writing of either? They were both used in the 19th century.
But I guess it disappeared and reappeared in recent years. Bruce James 1, 5 20 I dug into my memory banks and I seem to recall Red Skelton using the phrase "thank you so much. If you dig into my first sentence you will see that I never said it was new ,frankly. The phrase has been around for a long time , just not as the default for most people. Instead of saying"you won't hear it at all"in the sixth sentence I should have said "you will rarely hear it" in older broadcasts.
There may not be "degrees of going to the movies," but there can indeed be degrees of intent or commitment to go, or enthusiasm in going, to the movies: Data just doesn't support the idea that "thank you so much" is gaining in popularity compared to "thank you very much". I think you have developed a bias against the use of the intensifier "so", and therefore you are more likely to note and remember when you hear the phrase "thank you so much.
Even if your Ngram's Google-books search fairly represents use patterns worldwide, it says nothing about regional differences. It could be that people in the US or California or whatever are being overwhelmed by this cliche, and that this trend has not yet caught on elsewhere. So much the better for elsewhere.More...