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I remember a Japanese student using a specific phrase for thanking a person for work for the good of the community - like cleaning up the common area of the dorm. Seemed like and idiom. Does anyone know the correct phrase?

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    It might be おつかれさまです。 – user25382 Aug 29 '17 at 15:31
  • I think you might be looking for お世話になりました。 This is a broad question, and I suspect this will be closed since there are probably several different things one might say in that situation. See: japanese.meta.stackexchange.com/a/799/22352 Also See: japanese.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – ajsmart Aug 29 '17 at 15:35
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    For your information before the question is closed, おつかれさまです is otsukaresama desu and お世話になりました is osewa ni narimashita. – G-Cam Aug 29 '17 at 15:58
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    Haven't been mentioned: ごくろうさまです – Kimitsu Desu Aug 30 '17 at 7:03

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