Domo Arigato vs. Arigato Gozaimasu (Gozaimashita)

Domo (どうも) is a convenient Japanese phrase with various meanings, commonly used when greeting, appreciating, or apologizing.

You can hear the word in everyday life in Japan, both alone and with others, such as Arigato (Gozaimasu or Gozaimashita) or Sumimasen (Suimasen).

Domo is a casual phrase in the former case used alone, meaning hi, thanks, or sorry, depending on the context and the situation, 

while, in the latter, used with others, it means very and adds a profound sense to the following word.

Domo Arigato vs. Arigato Gozaimasu (Gozaimashita)

Domo Arigato vs Arigato Gozaimasu or Gozaimashita

Here, let’s look at the example with Arigato (ありがとう), also spelled Arigatou, meaning thank you.

Domo can mean thanks on its own, while Domo Arigato is the word for thank you so much in English. 

Although the latter phrase is similar to Arigato Gozaimasu, meaning thank you very much, they are different in usage or the target. 

As with Arigato vs. Arigato Gozaimasu, Domo Arigato is typically used with people like friends and those younger than you.

Meanwhile, Arigato Gozaimasu is for strangers and superiors.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu (Gozaimashita)

You can also add Domo to Arigato Gozaimasu and Arigato Gozaimashita.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu is a present tense with masu at the end, used right after something you will appreciate has been done.

With the ending mashita, Domo Arigato Gozaimashita is the perfect tense of Domo Arigato Gozaimasu, used when or after the event involving what you are thanking for has ended.

You can often hear the latter phrase Domo Arigato Gozaimashita after company dinners or business meetings.

As Domo Arigato Gozaimasu (Gozaimashita) has almost the same nuance as Arigato Gozaimasu (Gozaimashita), you can use them interchangeably.

The same goes for Domo Arigato and Arigato.

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  1. September 8, 2022

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