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    Hello.

    I want to ask a question: Does any sentence with "on the occasion of" sound formal?
    A friend of mine had a birthday yesterday. I told him "On the occasion of your birthday, I want to give you a present".

    Does my sentence sound formal, natural?

    Thanks in advance.
    Boris.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 14-Dec-2013 at 19:10. Reason: typo
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: on the occasion of

    On the occasion, not "in."

    It sounds formal, not natural.

    I'd like to get you a nice gift for your birthday.

    If you have actually have it in your hand: I got you something for your birthday.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Dec-2013 at 19:10. Reason: Typo
    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: on the occasion of

    Thanks. It was a little typo. I corrected it immediatly.
    It seems like we can substitute get for any verb.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: on the occasion of

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It seems like we can substitute 'get' for any verb.
    Will other students please note Boris's 'wink' emoticon and not take that statement to be a general guideline.

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