congratulate: ✓ congratulate someone on something ✗ congratulate (yourself) with someone for something

By | April 13, 2017
congratulate someone on something
congratulate (yourself) with someone for something
I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.
Ho imparato che molto spesso le persone più intoleranti e prevenute sono quelle chi si congratulano con loro stesse per la loro tolleranza e apertura mentale.
- Christopher Hitchens
✓ I’d like to congratulate you on your excellent results.
✗ I’d like to *congratulate myself with you for* your excellent results.
Vorrei congratularmi con te per i tuoi risultati eccellenti.
Be careful! The verb congratulate takes a direct object, is not reflexive, and takes the preposition on (and not *for*). The noun, congratulations (always plural, as in Italian), also generally requires the preposition on:
✓ Let me congratulate you on your article. It’s very good.
✗ Let me *congratulate with you for* your article ...
Permettimi di congratularmi con te per I’articolo ...
Congratulations on your promotion!
Congratulations *for* your promotion!
Congratulazioni per la tua promozione!

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