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    Instead of saying happy birthday to somebody on his birthday, is it common to say congratulations?

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    Default Re: congratulations

    "Happy birthday" is a very specific greeting, but I hear many people also congratulate someone on that day.

    "Congratulations" is used in many circumstances (marriage, job promotion, anniversary)

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    "Happy birthday" is a very specific greeting, but I hear many people also congratulate someone on that day.

    "Congratulations" is used in many circumstances (marriage, job promotion, anniversary)
    Yeah, I wouldn't do that before hearing someone on a movie say:

    Hey man, congratulations on your birthday.

    However, many teachers who speak both languages, English and Portuguese, specially English Native Speakers, say it is not correct saying that. People just say Happy birthday on someone's birthday.

    So, whether someone is interested in learning English, I just say: Go with flow. Imitate the ones who really do it effortlessly.

    As a matter of fact, on that movie, the host was partying, I suppose that's the reason for the "congratulations".

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    Default Re: congratulations

    And what if now Im telling you my birthday was yesterday. What would the most natural greeting be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    And what if now Im telling you my birthday was yesterday. What would the most natural greeting be?
    Many happy returns of yesterday.


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    Default Re: congratulations

    Or -

    Congratulations, you made it through another birthday party!

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    Default Re: congratulations

    Happy belated birthday!

    (If it's tomorrow: Happy birthday in advance.)

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