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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > to greet / to congratulate    

to greet / to congratulate


to greet / to congratulate
as far as I understood 
we greet smb when it is some holiday or occasion
but congratulate  when smb has achieved something
then I consider "I congratulate you on your birthday" to be not correct
in such a way how can we say about birthday and New year? what other ways do you know, and can we use congratulate in such cases, because sometimes i hear such variants

say happy birthday (to); 
Many happy returns (of the day)! 
wish smb a happy New Year

9 Dec 2011      


I would send my (best) wishes, send my best, send greetings, and, depending on the age, send commiserations tooLOL

9 Dec 2011     


We use Congratulations for "special" birthdays: Usually in greetings cards.
Congratulations on reaching your 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, 100th Birthday

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year (traditonal)
Best wishes for the New Year
Best wishes for the coming year
Happy New Year!

10 Dec 2011