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    Default Sending congratulations

    Hello everyone,
    I was wondering how one can congratulate someone who is not present in a situation. Imagine you're talking to Alex and it's his brother's birthday. Is it correct to say " Send my congratulations to him"?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Sending congratulations

    Yes, that is perfectly fine. You could also say "send my congratulations to your brother Joe" or "wish Joe a Happy Birthday for me."
    Last edited by JohnParis; 30-Mar-2012 at 17:10. Reason: me x 2

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    Default Re: Sending congratulations

    As Alex will be verbally passing on your message you could say 'Give your brother my congratulations'.

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    Default Re: Sending congratulations

    Send my congratulations to your brother.
    Wish your brother happy birthday from me.
    Give your brother my best wishes [for a happy birthday].
    Say happy birthday to your brother from me.

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    Default Re: Sending congratulations

    Is it common in the UK to "congratulate" someone on a birthday? It isn't here. Send him my best wishes, sure. Wish him a happy birthday for me, sure. But congratulations? No.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Sending congratulations

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is it common in the UK to "congratulate" someone on a birthday? It isn't here. Send him my best wishes, sure. Wish him a happy birthday for me, sure. But congratulations? No.
    It's not common but I have heard it, especially if it's a "special" birthday (18, 21, 40, 50, 60 etc). In general you're correct, we would stick with "happy birthday" or "best wishes" or "give my love to ..." (for some people).

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