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    Default usage of congratulation

    When my friend, a girl, getting marriage, Can I say congratulation to her?
    Someone told me, I only can use this word to bridegroom, not for bride. Is it correct?

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    Default Re: usage of congratulation

    Quote Originally Posted by LanguageLover.Me View Post
    When my friend, a girl, gets married, can I say "congratulation"s" to her?

    Someone told me [no comma] I can only say this to the bridegroom, not the bride. Is it correct?
    It used to be correct. Your friend has a long memory. Here's a quote from another forum:

    Delia Fri May 04, 2007 2:18 am GMT

    Old Victorian etiquette dictates that you never congratulation a bride on her wedding because it implies that she's the lucky one who got someone to propose marriage. The groom is the one to be congratulated for getting the lovely lady to accept his proposal. You give the bride your best wishes.

    Of course, in this day and age, many people don't follow these rules, if they're even aware of them at all.

    (antimoon.com)

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    Default Re: usage of congratulation

    Thanks for your reply and correction to my mistake.

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    Default Re: usage of congratulation

    Quote Originally Posted by LanguageLover.Me View Post
    Thanks for your reply and correction of my mistakes.
    You're welcome, but a click on the Like button would have sufficed.

    Rover

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    Default Re: usage of congratulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post


    Old Victorian etiquette dictates that you never
    congratulation a bride on her wedding

    (antimoon.com)
    Shouldn't that be "congratulate"?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    I think I've already clicked "like" button. If I haven't yet, please tell me how I can.
    Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Shouldn't that be "congratulate"?
    Yes, certainly. I missed that.

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