I am sure it was discussed but I was overwhelmed in various discussions with these phrases unrelated to my question when I tried to search.
I see that there are greetings:
1)"A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year"
2)"Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year"
3)"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year"
What is the difference of "Merry Christmas" vs. "A Merry Xmas"?
Why are the articles capitalized (while "and" - not)?
Really, these holidays seem to me like known definitive specific events
Can I say:
"The Merry Christmas and The Happy New Year"?
How would it be more correct to insert 2011 into this phrase related to Year only ?
and if related to both Christmas (of year 2011) and Year 2011?
What are the differences in meaning of:
-"On the Christmas Eve"
- "On a Christmas Eve"
- "On Christmas Eve"
Last edited by vgv8; 28-Dec-2010 at 10:41.
"The Christmas Eve" would most likely be a part of a longer sentence. "Do you remember the Christmas Eve when the car crashed into the tree in the front yard?" (The speaker is referring to a SPECIFIC Christmas Eve.)
There is little difference in meaning between "A Christmas Eve" and "Christmas Eve" - it would really depend on the context of the phrase.
"It happened last year, on Christmas Eve..."
"On a Christmas Eve, many years ago ... "
Not a teacher. American/53 years old.