“[May] God bless you” – it is a well-recognized omission and a sentence that is frequently used. By saying this we wish the person to be blessed. “God blesses you” is a statement that you are blessed.
Is it proper to say God bless you?
“Saying ‘God bless you’ following a sneeze is a common refrain, so common and taught from childhood that many people don’t even think of it as a blessing, but rather as an utterance without specific meaning other than a response to a sneeze that is polite in some way,” said Dr.
Which is correct God bless you or God bless you?
“God bless” is correct; it’s a shortened form of “God bless you.” “God bless you” is the lazy version of “May God bless you”, which is a lovely thing to say and you are essentially asking God to bless someone.
Is God bless you both correct?
Yes, it is grammatically correct. By the way, “bless” is a subjunctive, a tense that is rarely used in English. It’s short for “(I/we wish that) God bless both of you”. Don’t be surprised, the present subjunctive uses the infinitive form for every person.
Why do people say God bless you?
One of the symptoms of the plague was coughing and sneezing, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great) suggested saying “God bless you” after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from an otherwise certain death. The expression may have also originated from superstition.
Why shouldn’t you say Bless you?
When people don’t say bless you, we begin to suspect they don’t care about our well-being. As etiquette columnist Miss Manners once observed, it’s considered more rude for people getting hit with snot shrapnel to bypass the bless you than it is for the person detonating the germ bombs to fail to say excuse me.
How do you use God bless you?
God bless (you)!
said when saying goodbye to someone, to say that you hope good things will happen to them : Good night everyone, and God bless. said when someone sneezes, to say that you hope they have good health: “Achoo!” “God bless you.”
Is it correct to say may God blesses you more?
“[May] God bless you” – it is a well-recognized omission and a sentence that is frequently used. By saying this we wish the person to be blessed. “God blesses you” is a statement that you are blessed. It’s what they call the subjunctive mood to express a wish or desire.
Why do we say God bless you not God blesses you?
“God bless you” is a wish. “God blesses you” describes a fact, an ongoing state (it is also correct). It is subjunctive, indeed. When we say it, the action has not yet occurred and the wish is for the Almighty to act on his mercy.
Which sentence is this May God bless you?
“May God bless you” is an optative sentence because an optative sentence expresses a wish or a desire.
How do you respond to bless you?
If you accept a “bless you,” then it’s easy to respond appropriately: Say “yes,” or “yes, thank you,” or just “thanks.” Or signal yes — nod your head, or wink your eye, or simply smile.