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    Question congratulation or congratulations

    What's the difference between congratulation and congratulations?

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    Default Re: congratulation or congratulations

    Quote Originally Posted by njt2009 View Post
    What's the difference between congratulation and congratulations?
    Congratulation - the act of expressing joy or acknowledgement

    Congratulations - the actual expression of approval or commendation


    Note: I took both from the net but for some reason my laptop is refusing to post links. I Googled "congratulation definition" and simply copied from page 1 of Google.

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    'I sent him my congratulations.'

    'I sent him a letter of congratulation.'

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    I found in dictionary that the word "congratulation" is often used in phural but I would like to know the reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njt2009 View Post
    I found in dictionary that the word "congratulation" is often used in phural but I would like to know the reason.
    My previous post gave the answer. One is the act, one is the expression (the actual word used).

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    Default Re: congratulation or congratulations

    It is a stylistic tradition which I notice in Renaissance literature in Italian and French. It was apparently considered more elegant, and more polite to offer certain verbal praise in the plural: grazie mille, merci mille fois, many thanks, salutations, greetings, saludos, congratulations, félicitations, my apologies, and so on. It's in all the Romance languages, and English, which is an adopted half-member of that family.

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