Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Thai
      • Home Country:
      • Thailand
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand

    • Join Date: May 2011
    • Posts: 143
    #1

    (A) Christmas Eve?

    Hello,

    Do I need "a" here if the words "Christmas Eve" is not modified?

    The story begins on (a) Christmas Eve.

    Thank you.

    Nawee

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,609
    #2

    Re: (A) Christmas Eve?

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    Do I need "a" here if the words "Christmas Eve" is not modified?

    The story begins on (a) Christmas Eve.

    Thank you.

    Nawee
    It's possible with or without the article.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,830
    #3

    Re: (A) Christmas Eve?

    It's more natural without the article or as "The story begins one Christmas Eve".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #4

    Re: (A) Christmas Eve?

    To my ears, it's fine - especially if it's "on a Christmas Eve in a small town in..." or "on a Christmas Eve that showed now sign of allowing a white Christmas" -- in other words, some other qualifier that says why this particular Christmas Eve is in some way distinctive.
    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.

Similar Threads

  1. Christmas gift and Christmas present
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Dec-2011, 08:33
  2. the meanings of "the/a/(zero) Christmas Eve"
    By vgv8 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2010, 19:15
  3. Christmas(') Eve ?
    By ph2004 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2009, 17:20

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •