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Which is correct? 1. They sang Happy Birthday song to me.2. They sang 'Happy Birthday' song to me.3. They sang happy birthday song to me.Thanks.

Can I write 1. I sang a birthday song. 2. I sang the song of " Happy Birthday". Thanks.
edited May 12 '12 at 13:04 May New member

If you have a new question, it is best to start a new thread or comment to one of our answers. Otherwise, we might not know that you have another question. I just happened to come back to this question and notice that you edited your original.

You can write "I sang a happy birthday song." There are many different songs relating to birthdays. You don't need to capitalize happy birthday or place it in quotes because it's not a specific song title.

I wouldn't write your second sentence. I would write -- I sang "Happy Birthday".

Jody M.May 12 '12 at 14:49

Thanks for your reply.

MayMay 13 '12 at 21:48

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I would use Monty's suggestion but for a different reason and with different punctuation.  You already have sang, you don't need song.  What else does one sing?

 

Addressing Rahul's answer, to is part of an infinitive.  Infinitives are formed with the base form of any verb + toTo jog, to jump, to sing are examples of infinitives.

     He wants to jog around the block.

 

To is also a preposition.  Prepositions usually come before nouns or pronouns.

     We drove to Florida.

 

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And as Jeff points out, double quotation marks are used for song titles.  I know this but forgot to share it.  They sang "Happy Birthday" to me.

link edited May 12 '12 at 00:51 Jody M. Expert

I agree with you.In the present sentence, I didn't get how to me is correct.Please elaborate.

Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 14:35

Okay, Imagine today is your birthday. At the party, the crowd sings "Happy Birthday" to you. You are the recepient of the song. But wait, today is also my birthday, so the guests sang "Happy Birthday" to us. I'm sorry, your birthday is not until next month, so our friends sang "Happy Birthday" only to me.

The song "Happy Birthday" is like a musical gift. Although we sing it for somebody on their birthday, we are said to sing it "to" that somebody.

Jeff PribylMay 11 '12 at 14:55

Thank you very much.

Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 15:43

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They sang 'Happy Birthday' to me.

 

 

(You don't need the word song. In fact it's so well known you could get away with They sang Happy Birthday to me.)

link comment answered May 11 '12 at 06:51 monty New member
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They sang Happy Birthday to me.

 

Happy Birthday is a copyrighted song and must be capitalized, but song is redundant.

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I think 2nd one is correct choice which is "They sang 'Happy Birthday' song to me".  As we know that punctions is very necessary in English language. Very few students have good command in punctionation. However, I'm finding best essay writing service but i like to approach which admin of this site have to answer the question of people.

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