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    Exclamation On the occasion or on occasion

    Dear forum members,
    Does the following invitation sound ok?
    "Pleasehelp yourselves to some cakes in the kitchen on the occasion of my birthday"
    And should I use "the" before "occasion" in this case?

    Many thanks in advance:)
    Last edited by Tatiana L; 14-Dec-2015 at 12:16.

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    Re: On the occasion or on occasion

    Say:

    Please help yourselves to some cake in the kitchen on my birthday.

    You might want to add the date.

    (You can use the "Thank" button if you found my advice useful.)

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    Re: On the occasion or on occasion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tatiana L View Post

    And should I use "the" before "occasion" in this case?
    Yes, you must, if you insist on using that formal phrase.

    Tarheel's version is more natural.

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    Re: On the occasion or on occasion

    I wonder if the OP meant to say:
    Please help yourselves to cake in the kitchen; it's my birthday!

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    Re: On the occasion or on occasion

    P.$. If you actually have cakes (cupcakes), you might want to say:

    Everybody help yourself to a cake.

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    Re: On the occasion or on occasion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tatiana L View Post
    Dear forum members, Unnecessary

    Does the following invitation sound ok OK?

    "Please (space here) help yourselves to some cakes in the kitchen on the occasion of my birthday."
    And should I use "the" before "occasion" in this case?

    Many thanks in advance. (It's not necessary to thank us in advance but, if you must, end the sentence with a full stop. :)
    Don't try to make your own emoticons. Click on and choose the appropriate one.
    As the others said, it's a little wordy and formal. I'd say something like "It's my birthday and there are cakes in the kitchen. Help yourselves!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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