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    #1

    Exclamation congratulations!!!

    Hello everybody,
    Would you please tell me what is the proper answer to this sentence?
    A:congratulations!!!
    B:?
    1)for what?
    2)what for?
    3)on what?


    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: congratulations!!!

    I think you could use all of those.

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    Exclamation Re: congratulations!!!

    Thanks tdol,but doesn`t it make any difference to use them interchangeably?

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    Re: congratulations!!!

    To me, "on what" sounds more formal than the others. It side-steps the "why" and goes right to the "what". In other words, I know I deserve to be congratulated, but what I did to deserve that is unknown to me. Both "What for?" and "For what?" are synonymous with Why? To me, it sounds a tad bit more confident to assume the why and get right to the what. That's why I'd respond with, "on what?"

    All the best.

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