Would you say…

Johnson & Johnson wish you a happy birthday


Johnson & Johnson wishes you a happy birthday

I don't believe these are complete sentences and have read that a company really should be more formal when trying to send a message because a company can't really wish as it is not a person.

Maybe something along the lines of…

All of us at Johnson & Johnson would like to wish you a happy birthday

I am just trying to find a short correct way of stating this.


  • look at Merriam-Webster's dictionary of English usage (on Google Books) for the entry on this topic.
    – user31341
    Feb 26, 2014 at 18:29
  • The right way (etiquette) would be for them not to do it at all. I utterly despise commercial organisations that intrusively use personal data in this way. Feb 26, 2014 at 19:20
  • ... And it's so false. 'All of us at Gollum & Underhill, except Joe who's away at the moment and FF who doesn't go in for this sort of thing, would like to wish you a happy birthday.' Feb 26, 2014 at 19:53
  • To some of the responses, what we are trying to accomplish is good wishes to our client base, it is in no way shape or form advertisement as it is not a cold call list it is to our existing client base.
    – user67148
    Mar 3, 2014 at 15:42

2 Answers 2


I think that any of these would be acceptable, but, as you say, a company is not a person, and so the last sentence sounds much more genuine.

I would go with 'All of us at Johnson & Johnson wish you a happy birthday.' Shorter, but still correct.

Hope that helps!


"We wish you a Happy Birthday"

(signed) All of us at Johnson & Johnson

  • By the time they find Joe and blackmail FF, it'll be too late to send the card. Feb 26, 2014 at 20:18
  • Edwin, you seem to have an axe to grind- please do it elsewhere.
    – user67148
    Mar 3, 2014 at 15:44

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