a birthday or your birthday

Garbuz

Senior Member
Russian
"A birthday is a special day." I think the sentence sounds somewhat odd. Special to whom? If it were something like "May day is a special day', it would make sense. Would it be better if I changed it to "One's birthday is always a special day for oneself'?

Thanks.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    It depends on why you're saying it, or what you're writing about. Context, you know.

    "One's birthday is always a special day for oneself" is simply too awkward to use for anything in the world.

    But these have a modicum of charm (and the benefit of brevity):
    A birthday is a special day.
    Birthdays are the best days.
    Birthdays are always special.
    Everyone's birthday is a special day.
     
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