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Is it correct to say "Wish you a happy weekend" or should I say "Wishing you a happy weekend"?

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closed as not a real question by Robusto, Mehper C. Palavuzlar, simchona, Mahnax, Marthaª Jan 6 '12 at 22:16

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Neither Wishing you a happy weekend nor Wish you a happy weekend would be used in normal conversation. As others have noted, spoken parting platitudes at the end of a week are normally started with have, such as:

  • Have a good weekend
  • Have a nice weekend
  • etc.

Change the adjective to be what you think most appropriate for the situation.

On the other hand, if you are signing off some correspondence, such as an email, then Wishing you a happy weekend is more appropriate.

Similar constructions include

  • Wishing you a happy birthday
  • Wishing you a merry Christmas
  • Wishing you well

To use *Wish you a happy weekend you need to add I to make the sentence grammatical. i.e.

I wish you a happy weekend.

A notable exception to this is the common postcard sign off Wish you were here where it is idiomatic to leave out the I.

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In the UK we say 'Have a nice weekend.'

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In the US as well. Not sure why someone would downvote this... – yoozer8 Jan 6 '12 at 21:27
+1. This is what I use as well. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jan 6 '12 at 21:31
My guess is the downvoter thought that this doesn't answer the question. But since 4 people have decided it isn't a question, that doesn't apply. – user11550 Jan 6 '12 at 22:14
@Mahnax Another problem with the "doesn't answer the question" rationale is that Jim's answer says about the same thing as Barrie's answer but wasn't downvoted. -- BTW, when I looked at this question an hour ago, I looked all over for a duplicate but didn't find one; the "not a real question" rationale for closing didn't occur to me, nor is it obvious. – jwpat7 Jan 6 '12 at 22:23
I wasn't the downvoter, but I must say I think "Have a nice xxxx" sounds a bit dated/creepy to me. Reminiscent of the dialogue in old b/w movies. Or the vomit-inducing campaigns by retailers enjoining all their staff to say "Have a nice day!" to the point it no longer means anything at all. I don't mind "Have a good day", though. – FumbleFingers Jan 6 '12 at 23:19

Having just used/heard this phase for the dozenth time today, I can attest that the common American phrase is "Have a good weekend" (good, great, etc, depending on what exactly you want to say).

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