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Hi, everybody! Hiroko here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher where I'll answer some of your most common Japanese questions.
The question for this lesson is...
What is the difference between ARIGATŌ GOZAIMASU and ARIGATŌ GOZAIMASHITA?
So, when your teacher lends you his book, you’ll say "Arigatō gozaimasu."
But, when you return the book to your teacher, you might wanna say the same thing again, "Arigatō gozaimasu."
Actually, you should say "arigatō gozaimashita" here.
So, what’s going on with this?
When you say "thank you" right after you received kindness or favor from someone, you say “Arigatō gozaimasu.” But, “Arigatō gozaimashita” is used when the action you’re thanking for is completely finished.
So, in the example before, you’re done reading the book and you’re giving it back, “Arigatō gozaimashita.” “Gozaimashita” is the past tense of “gozaimasu.” That’s right. It’s just a verb and it conjugates the exact same way. That’s easy to remember, right? Past tense verb, to thank for something that happened in the past.
So, what do you say when you’re on a train and a man offers you a seat? You’d say "arigatō gozaimasu." But then, when you get off the train and you want to say "thank you" again to him, you’d say? Right, "arigatou gozaimashita" because his favor was completed before.
Okay, one more example.
You’re hosting a party. How do you say, "Thanks for coming" to your guests when they arrive? “Arigatō gozaimasu.”
And when the party is over and your guests are leaving, how do you say, “Thank you.”
“Arigato gozaimashita.”
I hope this makes sense to you and you’re able to use “arigatō gozaimasu” and “arigato gozaimashita” correctly from now on.
Do you have any more questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them.
Mata ne!


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June 30th, 2015 at 06:30 PM
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What Japanese learning question do you have?

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Please let us know if you have any questions :)



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April 2nd, 2022 at 03:03 PM
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Arigato gozaimashita!

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September 6th, 2021 at 06:09 PM
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Thank you for your comment😊

We are happy to know that this lesson was helpful for you.

If you want to say "Thank you for teaching me ___", you should say

「____ をおしえてくれて、ありがとうございました。」

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August 29th, 2021 at 03:21 AM
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If I wanted to say "Thank you for teaching me ____." to my teacher, how could I say that? I think I should use ありがとうございました but I'm not sure how to say "for teaching me.", Thank you for this lesson, it really helped me understand the difference between ありがとうございますとありがとうございました。

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June 8th, 2020 at 03:17 AM
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ます is a present tense and ました is a past tense👍

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May 31st, 2020 at 05:50 AM
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I have know and used both phrases for many years but never knew the real difference. I thought ありがとうございました was the an honorific phrase; now, having completed this lesson, I know; ありがとうございました

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August 5th, 2019 at 09:12 AM
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Hi フランシス,

Thanks for your comment!

Good summarization!



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May 11th, 2019 at 04:06 AM
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I summarized this as:

ありがとうございます。 = Thank you

ありがとうございました。 = Thank you for what you did.

December 18th, 2018 at 06:36 PM
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Hi シリル

Glad to hear that you learned well with the lesson!

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December 18th, 2018 at 06:22 AM
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Great explanation Makes a lot of sense Now I know how to use it properly Thank you very much !

ありがとうございました 😄