When asking a question to a professor, I wonder if I should reply to his answer if I have no other questions with "Thank you for your kind answer professor". I guess this is the polite thing to do but with covid-19, I know professors are overwhelmed with mails from student and I am wondering if I am expected to systematically thank them for their replies to my questions or does it just bother them with extra-mails in their mailbox ? Also, I am in a master student in an European university where there is a high hierarchical gap between students and professors.

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    You're overthinking this.
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    Dec 18, 2020 at 12:38
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    a good rule of thumb is that professors are people Dec 18, 2020 at 13:03
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    It is very unlikely that they will bear a grudge against you for sending them an email, but very likely that they will appreciate a "thank you" message which acknowledges their response. Dec 18, 2020 at 13:29
  • Thank you for all your answers. Dec 18, 2020 at 14:58

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I'm here in the US, so I can't speak to how things work in Europe. But here, I get lots of emails that require answers, which often take time. When a student says, thank you but doesn't require any further response, I appreciate it. YMMV.

  • Thank you for your answers ! Dec 20, 2020 at 13:43

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