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If I am telling someone who doesn't know when's my birthday, while not being precise, will it be natural to use 'coming'? I guess it doesn't sound idiomatic though it's grammatical. Will it be better to use "coming up"?

My birthday is coming.

My birthday is coming up.

I guess the second sentence natural whereas the first one does not.....

  • Had The Game of Thrones used "winter is coming up" it just wouldn't have had the same ring to it as "winter is coming." But which form to use is a matter of personal opinion and context. Neither is necessarily better. (Is coming up has a jaunty sound to it, whereas just is coming seems more portentous.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 22 at 12:44
  • I think that in the context of talking about your birthday, "coming" would sound pompous. I like the more informal "coming up" better for birthdays. – aparente001 Jun 23 at 5:25
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The question was answered in the comments.

"Is coming up" has a jaunty sound to it, whereas just "is coming" seems more portentous." – Jason Bassford

and which is more appropriate for a birthday, jaunty or portentous? usually the first choice.

I think that in the context of talking about your birthday, "coming" would sound pompous. I like the more informal "coming up" better for birthdays. – aparente001

the more informal "coming up" sounds less pompous, and usually would fit better for birthdays.

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