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    #1

    I wish you a happy birthday/I am wishing you a happy birthday.

    1) I wish you a happy birthday.
    2) I am wishing you a happy birthday.


    Can we say that the second sentence expresses a bit stronger emotion?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: I wish you a happy birthday/I am wishing you a happy birthday.

    No.

    The strongest way to wish someone a happy birthday is to say: "Happy birthday!"

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    #3

    Re: I wish you a happy birthday/I am wishing you a happy birthday.

    Thank you. And could you tell me if there is any difference whatever between the two phrases I have written? (Besides the formal difference in tenses)
    Last edited by englishhobby; 20-Aug-2014 at 17:06.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: I wish you a happy birthday/I am wishing you a happy birthday.

    2 is not colloquial (a native speaker wouldn't say it).

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