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  1. Vielen Dank dafür, dass Sie heute Zeit für mich hatten.
  2. Vielen Dank, dass Sie heute Zeit für mich hatten.

Which is correct? Google finds 300k hits for "Vielen Dank dafür, dass" and 20.9m hits for "Vielen Dank, dass"

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Both are fine. The verb danken usually goes with a prepositional object für+accusative, and so does the phrase Vielen Dank.

Vielen Dank für ihre Zeit.

Vielen Dank (dafür), dass Sie heute Zeit für mich hatten.

So the dependent clause explains the prepositional object dafür. But it sounds a bit overblown that way so most people drop the dafür.

This is true for many instances of da-Adverbs but not for the majority. So you have to learn it by phrase if dropping the da-Adverb sounds natural and when it doesn't. Sorry for that.

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  • I gather that if you want follow grammar strictly then you'd use "dafür", but since it's not really needed to convey meaning it can be easily dropped.
    – RDBury
    Commented Jul 29, 2023 at 4:55
  • Unfortunately there's no rule of thumb for that. Some very common expressions as darauf warten, dass … really need their da-Adverb but for others as sich (darauf) freuen, dass … it's optional.
    – Janka
    Commented Jul 29, 2023 at 8:28

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