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    birthday

    Im celebrating my birthday on Thursday (and its true).
    Can I use the verb commemorate, in this case, without a change in meaning?

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    Re: birthday

    I wouldnt use commemorate in this occasion. Its used to remember and respect someone important or an important event in the past.

    e.g.: a parade to commemorate the town's bicentenary
    Gathered all together in this church, we commemorate those who lost their lives in the great war.
    A statue has been built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birthday.

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    Re: birthday

    And could I use celebrate in your sentences? Are celebrate and commemorate ever synonyms?

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    Re: birthday

    Celebrate an commemorate are used in different situations.
    Celebrate can be used to show that an event or an occasion is important by doing something special or enjoyable.
    e.g. celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, anniversaries, birthdays, seasons, religious ceremonies, etc.

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