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    take part in a birthday party?

    I know it is natural to say "I attended/went to her birthday party yesterday." Would you please tell me why it is improper to say "I took part in her birthday party yesterday"? Thank you.

    I asked because the literal translation from Chinese into English is "take part in a birthday/dinner party," which is unnatural in English. Is it simply because language is arbitrary? Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: take part in a birthday party?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    I know it is natural to say "I attended/went to her birthday party yesterday." Would you please tell me why it is improper to say "I took part in her birthday party yesterday"? Thank you.

    I asked because the literal translation from Chinese into English is "take part in a birthday/dinner party," which is unnatural in English. Is it simply because language is arbitrary? Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I would say it is not incorrect, but it is uncommon.

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    Re: take part in a birthday party?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Is it simply because language is arbitrary?
    Yes- collocations are formed by copying what other people say- the reason not to use is that most people don't.

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