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.
May's three options also have differences in how to render the title of the song. Happy Birthday is a title, so it must be capitalized. (So #3 is not correct in this regard.) Style guides, such as Chicago, tell us that song titles should be enclosed by double quotation marks ("Happy Birthday"). (So #2 is almost correct).
|link||answered May 11 '12 at 14:48 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
I am unable to digest "to me", it's possible I may be unaware of such a use, in that case I'd like to know about it.
Here the verb "sing" is used in the meaning "to perform a song" in that case I would prefer for. See:
Shreya sang for the titled crowd.
"To" is mostly used when the verb sing remains intransitive.
|link||edited May 11 '12 at 08:55 Rahul Gupta Expert|
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 + to. To 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.
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|
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