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    #1

    For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    I wonder if this sentence sounds natural.

    For you on your birthday, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, a tiny amount of worries, and a boat load of big dreams coming true.
    To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

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    #2

    Re: For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    Very natural, as they are obviously your sincere words. Don't get too 'hung up' on always using the most perfect grammar and usage in such personal communications. Use your words and the recipient will know they come from you, not copied out of some book.

    That said, if I were writing this message:

    a. I'd probably leave off the "for you". It's "your birthday", and "I wish you..." so no need to add a third identifier.
    b. It sounds a bit as if you do wish some worries on this person- however few. Since we're wishing, why not 'no worries'?
    c. Again, we're wishing, so we typically wish that all dreams come true.

    On your birthday, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, no worries, and that all your dreams come true.

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    #3

    Re: For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    I wonder if this sentence sounds natural.

    For you on your birthday, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, only a tiny amount of worries, and a boat load of big dreams coming true.
    You might use that.

    Or use J&K Tutoring's suggestion.


    Excellent sentiment!

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Oct-2019 at 08:10. Reason: fixing typo
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    Re: For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    I don't like "amount of worries", no matter how many or few. Worries are countable, and amount is normally used with uncountable nouns.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 14-Oct-2019 at 00:46.

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    Lightbulb Re: For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    I wonder if this sentence sounds natural.

    For you on your birthday, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, only a tiny number of worries, and a boat load of big dreams coming true.
    J&K should be happy now.
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    #6

    Re: For you on your birthday, I wish you a

    Write few worries and it will be natural and encouraging.
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