- Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about offering your wishes given that a couple days have gone by since? "[Wish you a] Happy Birthday/Thanksgiving, etc. 'belatedly'" OR "[Here's wishing you a] 'belated' Happy Birthday/Thanksgiving, etc."
a] Is is okay to use "belated" or "belatedly" to this purpose?
b] How would Americans say it in their native/vulgar/idiomatic tongue, slang, vernacular, etc.?
- In the same vein, if you wanna wish someone well before time, perhaps cuz you might be away during the event,
a] is it acceptable to say "Happy Birthday/Thanksgiving in advance"?
b] how would Americans say it in their native/vulgar/idiomatic tongue, vernacular, slang, etc.?
If there is more than one possible way to express these ideas each, it would help to list them all.