“Congrats” vs “Congrates”

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How many times have you seen people write “congrates!” when they congratulate someone? This is quite a common mistake among Malaysians, particularly spotted in social media.

When you congratulate someone, you can say “congratulations” or “congrats”, which is the correct abbreviation for informal situations.

It’s never “congrates” .  There is no “e” after “t”. I don’t know why many mistakenly spell it that way, but it may have something to do with how it’s pronounced. Many Malaysians tend to pronounce it as “con-great“, thus explaining why it’s misspelled as “congrates”.

If you’d like to hear how it should be pronounced, listen to the audio here. Practice saying it out loud in private.

Congrats for learning the correct way to pronounce “congrats”.

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