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    When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    Hello.
    We've had a quiestion on a language test - to name the holiday on which people in english-speaking countries congratulate their mothers, grannies and sister and give presents to them. I thought it's Mother's Day (a sister can be a mother some day if not already so you can congratulate her if you wish), but the right answer appeared to be "Women's day". I think it's wrong. Can somebody give me a second opinion? Thank you for having read to this point. :)

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    Most British people I know send cards and sometimes presents to members of their family at Christmas and on their birthdays. They also send a card and a present to their mothers on Mother's Day. That's it.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Oct-2013 at 18:10. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    If it is "International (Working) Women's Day" celebrated on March 8 every year, mainly in Eastern Europe, the answer seems to be right.

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    If it is "International (Working) Women's Day" celebrated on March 8 every year, mainly in Eastern Europe, the answer seems to be right.
    Except that, as far as I know, most people in English-speaking countries do not give women presents on that day.

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    I've never even heard of this day.

    Yet another stupid test question.
    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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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    I knew there was an International Women's Day but it's not celebrated in the UK, I couldn't tell you when it is and even if I knew, it wouldn't be the kind of occasion on which I would send cards or congratulate anyone. At most, I might post something on Facebook simply saying "It's International Women's Day. Let's celebrate the fact that women finally seem to be gaining equality in many countries and support those in countries where that is not the case". I wouldn't congratulate individual women on being women!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    I suppose we could walk around and say "Bummer about that y chromosome, dude" to the men on that day, too.
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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    Thank you, guys, very much for the informative answers.
    Well, we in Russia congratulate women on being women :) on the 8th of March, but as far as I know in the most rest of the world that day is devoted to women's rights, not celebrations.

    I suppose we could walk around and say "Bummer about that y chromosome, dude" to the men on that day, too.
    In Russia we do it on February 23rd.

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    Re: When do people congratulate their mothers, grannies and sisters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Bummer about that y chromosome, dude" .
    It got me where I am today.


    Umm. On second thoughts ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It got me where I am today.


    Umm. On second thoughts ....
    The gun suggests you might have 2 Y's.

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