congratulation on or with

MILANAchka

New Member
Russian
Could you help me?

1. My congratulations with the beggining of summer?

or

2. My congratulations on the begginning of summer?


Is it possible to say: summer's beggining?

Thank you!
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Congratulations on the beginning of summer.

    Although it would normally be unusual to congratulate someone on the changing of the seasons. And I wouldn't use "summer's beginning" – it's just not the natural way of saying it, so the listener will stumble.
     

    MILANAchka

    New Member
    Russian
    Thank you a lot :)

    In Ukraine, we congratulate each other on the beggining of the season ))))

    So it's not typically for the USA?
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Well, I haven't been there in a while, but when I was, it wasn't typical. :)

    You can also use, "My congratulations ..." if you like, but just "Congratulations ..." sounds a bit better to me.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You will get funny looks in England if you say "Congratulations on the beginning of summer". It will probably be pouring with rain, and people will think you are making fun of the English climate;).
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Although it would normally be unusual to congratulate someone on the changing of the seasons.
    :thumbsup:
    Congratulations is only used to recognise a [personal] achievement -> "Congratulations on passing the examination/winning the race/being 100 years old, etc."
     
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