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    Default party or evening

    We will hold an English party in our school's meeting hall on Christmas Eve.
    Many students use "English party" in the above sentence. I looked it up in a Colins dictionary. It is said "party" usually is in someone's home; people enjoy themselves by singing, drinking, dancing or talking, so I think "English evening" is more proper in this sentence. Do you agree with me?

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    Default Re: party or evening

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    In my experience, anywhere there is "singing, drinking, dancing or talking" is a party, irrespective of the venue. I'm more curious as to what an "English" party is.

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    I suffered from this when I worked in China.

    The owners of the school I worked for told me I was responsible for the arrangement of an 'English party'. I had no idea what they were talking about.

    'English party' seems to mean something to Chinese people, but it doesn't to native speakers. If I had my time again, I would call the evenings we held simply 'English evenings'

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    What DOES one do at an English evening? Speak in English, eat roast beef, and drink great-tasting but room-temperature beer?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What DOES one do at an English evening?
    If I knew the answer to that, I might still have a rather well-paid job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What DOES one do at an English evening? Speak in English, eat roast beef, and drink great-tasting but room-temperature beer?
    What's wrong with room temperature beer?

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    I'm an American. I love the way your beer tasts, but I like it icy cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm an American. I love the way your beer tasts, but I like it icy cold.
    f it were icy cold it wouldn't taste the same. When I lived in Ireland a lot of pubs started to super-chill the Guinness to please Americans and returned Irish Americans, the locals hated it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm an American. I love the way your beer tasts, but I like it icy cold.
    English bitter icy cold? [expletive deleted]

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    I can make an exception for Guinness. My absolute favorite is Newcastle Brown. But cold, please!
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