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Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?

There are numerous ways of saying thanks. To give the ones I know:

  • ありがとう
  • ありがとうございます
  • どうも

Are there other ways? And, if so, how would one discern when to use them?

Also, how can I thank someone for something specifically? As in, "Thank you for the cake." 「ケーキ[something]ありがとうございます」. Would such a phrase be culturally appropriate in most situations, or are there nuances?

marked as duplicate by Tsuyoshi Ito, user116, hippietrail, Lukman, rcjsuen Jun 3 '11 at 15:45

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