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I congratulate you on your birthday...



*Maria*
Russian Federation

I congratulate you on your birthday...
 

Dear collegues!

Recently I ´ve heard from an IELTS examiner that we cannot say "I congratulate you on your birthday" because it ´s not a person ´s achievement. Seems a bit strange... Is it true that the word "congratulate" can be used only when talking about achievements? 

10 May 2013      



edrodmedina
United States

Hello. Of course it ´s an achievement. And as you get older it ´s more of an achievement every day. Every time I get out of bed it´s an achievement. Ed

10 May 2013     



Zora
Canada

Geez... some examiners are *ahem* at times... while the saying is not really used, it is not wrong and I wouldn ´t think it strange to hear somebody using it - especially, if you hit a ´milestone ´ birthday like 18, 30, 40, etc.

In fact, some birthday cards state ´Congratulations on your special day ´ - maybe find one and give it to her/him! Wink

10 May 2013     



yanogator
United States

It isn ´t the custom here, but it definitely isn ´t wrong.
 
Bruce

10 May 2013     



*Maria*
Russian Federation

So, is it just "Happy birthday"?

10 May 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I hope you have a great birthday/ here ´s wishing you a happy birthday/congratulations on your birthday; fine. I congratulate you on your birthday, a bit less so. Not wrong, as the others have said, but not a natural utterance.  

You can of course, just say ´happy birthday ´.

10 May 2013     



*Maria*
Russian Federation

Thank you so much!

10 May 2013