What verb should I use instead of an ellipsis?
Suppose I said "Happy birthday" to John. Then, I decided to tell my friend that I ... John with/on his birthday.
The point is I want to highlight that I didn't just said "Happy birthday" to John, but I sort of congratulated him on it. But I don't think the verb "congratulate" fits here, because it's more about success and achievements rather than an age mark.
P.S. The same question can be applied to the following situation:
- I ... Carmen with/on a New Year.