Student or Learner
I would like to ask the following questions. One friend wished me a happy birthday, how should I thank him? Is it OK if I say "Thanks for the birthday wish".
Also I'm wondering, when you wish someone a happy birthday, can you say "I congratulate you on your birthday!" It's the way English teachers sometimes teach you.
My last question is: do English native speakers still say "Many happy returns of the day" when wishing someone a happy birthday?
All answers will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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.