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    Default Postcards/A postcard/The postcard ? and holiday/holidays?

    Hi,

    1. A postcard always spoils my holiday.
    2. The postcard always spoils my holiday.
    3. Postcards always spoil my holiday.

    Which would be correct and natural English?

    I mean "postcard" in general, not a particular one.
    I've learned that "A Noun", "The Noun" and "Noun s" can all refer to the "Noun" in general. For instance:

    A tiger is a dangerous animal.=The tiger is a dangerous animal.=Tigers are dangerous animals.

    So I would think all of #1,#2 and #3 are correct. Are they?

    By the way, should I say "my holiday" or "my holidays"? I mean "holiday" in general.

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Default Re: Postcards/A postcard/The postcard ? and holiday/holidays?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mensu View Post
    1. A postcard always spoils my holiday.
    2. The postcard always spoils my holiday.
    3. Postcards always spoil my holiday.

    Which would be correct and natural English? I mean "postcard" in general, not a particular one.
    #3 is the most natural; #1 is possible, though ambiguous. #2 is not possible in the sense you are talking about.

    I've learned that "A Noun", "The Noun" and "Noun s" can all refer to the "Noun" in general. For instance:
    A tiger is a dangerous animal.=The tiger is a dangerous animal.=Tigers are dangerous animals.
    You could say, "The postcard was a feature of the British summer holiday for over a century" - that is talking about the general idea. In your sentence you are talking only about postcards you received or sent.
    By the way, should I say "my holiday" or "my holidays"? I mean "holiday" in general.
    Both are possible.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Postcards/A postcard/The postcard ? and holiday/holidays?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mensu View Post
    Hi,

    1. A postcard always spoils my holiday.
    2. The postcard always spoils my holiday.
    3. Postcards always spoil my holiday.

    Which would be correct and natural English?

    I mean "postcard" in general, not a particular one.
    I've learned that "A Noun", "The Noun" and "Noun s" can all refer to the "Noun" in general. For instance:

    A tiger is a dangerous animal.=The tiger is a dangerous animal.=Tigers are dangerous animals.

    So I would think all of #1,#2 and #3 are correct. Are they?

    By the way, should I say "my holiday" or "my holidays"? I mean "holiday" in general.

    Thank you very much in advance!
    I understand your confusion. The analogy between postcards and tigers doesn't work. The meaning of "a tiger" is an individual tiger. The meaning of "the tiger" can be a specific tiger or tigers in general. Postcard, in your use, does not have a "general class" definition like "tiger" does.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Aug-2013 at 07:51. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Postcards/A postcard/The postcard ? and holiday/holidays?

    I'm interested to know how a postcard can spoil your holiday!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Postcards/A postcard/The postcard ? and holiday/holidays?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm interested to know how a postcard can spoil your holiday!
    It is a sentence from a passage:
    Postcards always spoil my holidays. Last summer, I went to Italy. I visited museums and sat in public gardens. A friendly waiter taught me a few words of Italian. Then he lent me a book. I read a few lines, but I did not understand a word. Everyday I thought about postcards. My holidays passed quickly, but I did not send cards to my friends. On the last day I made a big decision. I got up early and bought thirty-seven cards. I spent the whole day in my room, but I did not write a single card!

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