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Congradulations or Congratulations—Which Is Right?

Updated on May 22, 2019Grammar
  • Congratulations is correct.
  • Congradulations is a common misspelling.

When something important and meaningful happens to someone, it’s nice to acknowledge it. But before we do, we need to double-check our spelling.

Congradulations vs. congratulations—which is correct?

There’s just one way to spell it, and that’s congratulations, with a T. This word came into English from Latin, where it was formed by combining the prefix com-, meaning “with,” to the root gratulari, meaning “give thanks” or “show joy.”

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Congradulations, with a d, or congraduation, for that matter, is plain wrong:

No need for congradulations just yet—Paul still has some tough exams to pass before he graduates.

I think that congratulations are in order.

Jenny got promoted yesterday; we should text her congradulations .

Congratulations , you won a free weekend at the spa!

I sent a congradulations card, but I think I made a spelling mistake.

When we give congratulations , we are taking part in someone else’s happiness.

Examples of congratulations

Congratulations go out to Carter, as well as the faculty who helped him along, and best wishes for continued academic successes in the future.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Former India cricketers Anil Kumble and Mohammad Kaif extended their wishes and congratulations to Yuvraj Singh on his upcoming wedding with model-actress Hazel Keech.
The Indian Express

There’s nothing wrong with making a spelling mistake here and there, as long as you notice it and correct it in time. And there are plenty of chances to make mistakes, so make sure you brush up on the spelling of other commonly misspelled words, like “occurred,” “separate,” and “forty.”

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