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    #1

    Having turkey on Thanksgiving is a custom/ tradition in America.

    'Having turkey on Thanksgiving is a custom/ tradition in America.'


    I think it is tradition but Yahoo answers says it custom (?)

    Then..


    'Drinking green beverage is a tradition/ custom on St. Patrick's day'

    Is answer a custom for the above sentence?


    Please help!

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    #2

    Re: Having turkey on Thanksgiving is a custom/ tradition in America.

    In the first sentence tradition is the appropriate word because the word tradition means a formal inherited practice that a group of people adhere to in specific occasions that happen regularly. Tradition also represents someone's culture.(Which is the case for Thanksgiving).

    In the second sentence,I think that custom is the correct answer.

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    Re: Having turkey on Thanksgiving is a custom/ tradition in America.

    St. Patrick's Day happens pretty regularly as well.

    I think "tradition" works for either sentence, but the distinction between custom and tradition may not occur to every native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: Having turkey on Thanksgiving is a custom/ tradition in America.

    yes, I agree with SoothingDave. Tradition works for both sentences.

    I did not really pay attention to the second sentence until I saw SoothingDave' post.

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