be happy

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be happy

Post by azz » Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:12 pm

Could one say
a. Be happy!
and
b. Be lucky!
instead of, respectively,
1. May you be happy.
and
2. May you be lucky.
?

(a) and (b) do not make much sense as imperative statements, One cannot decide to be lucky, And it is difficult to decide to be happy, although some might argue that is possible. It makes perfect sense, on the other hand, to wish happiness and luck for another person.

Many thanks.
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Re: be happy

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:46 pm

a and b are considerably better than your alternatives which would not be used in colloquial conversation.
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Re: be happy

Post by BonnieL » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:48 am

Both a & b sound like orders rather than wishes. You might get away with a if you preface it with "Don't worry!" :)

A favorite person says, "I wish you well, my friend." It always sounds so sincere.
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