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    at Christmas

    I'm confused by the following sentences. Are they acceptable? Please help me correct them.

    1. I got a lot of presents on last New Year.
    2. I got a lot of presents last New Year.
    3. I got a lot of presents on New Year last year.

    4. I went to Japan in my last summer vacation.
    5. I went to Japan last summer vacation.
    6. I went to Japan during summer vacation last year.

    7. I played computer games on last Halloween.
    8. I played computer games at Halloween.
    9. I played computer games on Halloween last year.

    10. I went to see a movie on last Christmas.
    11. I went to see a movie last Christmas.
    12. I went to see a movie at Christmas last year.
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    Re: at Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    I'm confused by the following sentences. Are they acceptable? Please help me correct them.

    1. I got a lot of presents on last New Year.
    Incorrect. You could say "on New Year's day last year."

    2. I got a lot of presents last New Year.
    Correct.

    3. I got a lot of presents on New Year last year.
    Appears to be identical to number one, except for the absence of bold face in "on".

    4. I went to Japan in my last summer vacation.
    Best considered incorrect. "In" would be a very unusual usage with "summer vacation."

    5. I went to Japan last summer vacation.
    Acceptable.

    6. I went to Japan during summer vacation last year.
    Better than number 5. Sounds natural.

    7. I played computer games on last Halloween.
    Incorrect. All these ONs are wrong.

    8. I played computer games at Halloween.
    Okay.

    9. I played computer games on Halloween last year.
    Correct and more precise than number eight.

    10. I went to see a movie on last Christmas.
    Incorrect.

    11. I went to see a movie last Christmas.
    Correct and natural.

    12. I went to see a movie at Christmas last year.
    Correct and natural.
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