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Someone was conducting a survey on people who have December Birthdays. So he said:

1.What does it feel like to have you birthday in December?
2.What does it feel like to have a December birthday?
3.What does it feel like if your birthday is in December?

What should be used:#1,#2 or #3?

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    Typo or mistake in #1: "you" should be "your". Nov 12, 2019 at 16:55

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Use 'how' and not 'what.' Also, I'd omit 'like' as it does not add any value.

How does it feel to have a birthday in December?

Or...more personalized,

How do you feel about having your birthday in December?

In #3, you are using hypothetical condition, so, it'd be 'would.'

How would you feel if you have your birthday in December?

'December birthday' looks down to me. It's not a good composition as compared to the rest.

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  • Of course...remember the teacher asking "Who have their birthdays in January?"
    – Maulik V
    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:18
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    "December birthday" is just fine actually, at least in American English. Feb 7, 2019 at 13:36
  • @CanadianYankee if that's so, it's strange!
    – Maulik V
    Feb 7, 2019 at 15:32
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    Type "December birthday" (with quotes) into google and you'll see lots of magazine articles, etc. that use it - 1.35 million results in all. Maybe it's a bit of "headline speak" (using fewer words to make headlines shorter), but it sounds very natural to me. Feb 7, 2019 at 16:34
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    “What does it feel like” is functionally equivalent to “how does it feel” - I think either construction is fine. I agree with @Canadian Yankee that “December birthday” is totally correct at least in American English. And for sentence 3 I would change it to “How would you feel if you had a December birthday?”
    – Mixolydian
    Mar 10, 2019 at 22:52

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