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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #1 (permalink) Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:21 am   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

Could you please tell me which one we use for wishing someone happiness on the day after their birthdays?

Thank you
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #2 (permalink) Fri Jan 11, 2008 13:02 pm   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

I'd like to wish you a belated happy birthday.

or

I wish you a belated happy birthday.
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happy belated birthday #3 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 0:13 am   happy belated birthday
 

so happy belated birthday is wrong?
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Happy Belated Birthday #4 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:19 am   Happy Belated Birthday
 

Happy belated birthday is correct, and is the only one I'd use. I'm a native speaker from the US.

In a sentence:

"Happy belated birthday!"
or
"I wish you a happy belated birthday."
or
"I'd like to wish you a happy belated birthday."

"Belated happy birthday" sounds very awkward and wrong to me. I've never seen it written this way. I don't know the exact grammar reasons for this, but I would say that it's because "belated birthday" is the event and you hope they had a good time. I've seen "Happy Belated Birthday" written in major greeting cards, as well.
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Happy Belated Birthday #5 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:32 am   Happy Belated Birthday
 

Workinginkorea wrote:
Happy belated birthday is correct, and is the only one I'd use. I'm a native speaker from the US.

In a sentence:

"Happy belated birthday!"
or
"I wish you a happy belated birthday."
or
"I'd like to wish you a happy belated birthday."

"Belated happy birthday" sounds very awkward and wrong to me. I've never seen it written this way. I don't know the exact grammar reasons for this, but I would say that it's because "belated birthday" is the event and you hope they had a good time. I've seen "Happy Belated Birthday" written in major greeting cards, as well.

I think you've got it backwards too. It should be...

"I wish you a belated happy birthday."
"I'd like to wish you a belated happy birthday."

The way you were saying it, it sounds as if the birthday has been postponed, when really it's the person's wishes that are late.
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #6 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:41 am   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

yeah it' correct but you should use 2 or more sentences when in trouble?
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #7 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:51 am   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

i think it's a belated wish not birthday
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #8 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:40 pm   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

hoping to have his long life and have a good health
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #9 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:42 pm   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

hoping them to have a longer life and have a good health
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #10 (permalink) Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:44 pm   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

i dont know what the IDIOM OF HAIR OF THE DOG
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It's Brendan's birthday today Friday 4/23-- Happy belated birthday #11 (permalink) Sat Apr 24, 2010 22:02 pm   It's Brendan's birthday today Friday 4/23-- Happy belated birthday
 

It's a belated birthday greeting-- so, for example, if you want to say you suck on your belated birthday-- that would mean that even after the birthday, he still sucks. On the other hand, if you wish someone a belated suckaroo birthday. Then you will are revealing that that person was upset at having had his birthday unacknowledged, thus, a "belated suckaroo birthday."

However, when you say the former, you are telling him that he sucks after the fact.
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #12 (permalink) Tue Jun 22, 2010 0:47 am   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

Why do people assume that just because they're native English speakers they are correct on any English syntax and grammar question? Being a native English speaker from the US does not make anybody immune from making any English language-related mistake. Sorry to disillusion you.

It IS PROPER to say, "belated happy birthday." It is you who was late with your birthday greetings, not the celebrant having a 'late' birthday.
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Happy Belated Birthday #13 (permalink) Tue Jun 22, 2010 0:50 am   Happy Belated Birthday
 

This is a case of a 'dangling' modifier. You're trying to convey that your greeting is late. Hence, 'belated happy birthday.' Happy belated birthday suggests that the celebrant had a 'late' birthday - which obviously doesn't make sense.
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Re: Happy Belated Birthday #14 (permalink) Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:56 am   Re: Happy Belated Birthday
 

MHou1024 wrote:
Happy belated birthday suggests that the celebrant had a 'late' birthday - which obviously doesn't make sense.


"Belated happy birthday" suggests that the greeting was mistimed, whereas "happy belated birthday" suggests that the greeting was on time but the event wasn't.
It's a joke.

In any case, "happy belated birthday" is much more widespread than the alternative and, as a result, is much more likely to be understood.

MHou1024 wrote:
Being a native English speaker from the US does not make anybody immune from making any English language-related mistake. Sorry to disillusion you.


You are quite correct. On the other hand, being a native speaker does give one an edge when it comes to understanding how a language is actually spoken. Standard English is not what your average English-speaker uses in casual conversation.
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Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday #15 (permalink) Sat Jul 23, 2011 15:04 pm   Happy belated birthday or belated happy birthday
 

Why not

Belatedly, I wish you a happy birthday!

?

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