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    Question 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    Hi all,
    Shouldn't it be 'Belated Happy Birthday' as in 'I wish U a ...'?

    When I first got it from a friend I had the feeling as if my birthday had been postponed or something!

    I'd be grateful if you could help me with this!

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    I agree with you - unless you had decided to hold your birthday celebration some time after the official date.

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    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I agree with you - unless you had decided to hold your birthday celebration some time after the official date.

    As helpful as ever! Thanks! :)

    So, would it be alright to say, 'I wish you a belated Happy Birthday!'?




    Cheers!

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    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    Yes

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    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    I looked on the web and some sites are using Happy Belated Birthday. I agree with Fivejedjon's idea, but it would sound strange to me in other contexts.

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    #6

    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    Some printed cards avoid the problem by saying 'Belated birthday wishes/greetings...<some noun>'.

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    Re: 'Happy Belated Birthday'?!

    Hello Mehrgan
    To be honest, we mostly use I wish you a belated happy birthday as a kind of joke. For example, if I forgot to wish you a happy birthday on your birthday then I would say “I wish you a belated happy birthday”.

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