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    a picture postcard vs. a landscape picture etc.

    As a non-native speaker, I should be careful not to speak or write Chinese English, or to be specific, not to coin English phrases. I know that a postcard with a picture on the front of it is called a picture postcard, but I need to know whether a landscape postcard, a scenery postcard, or a scenic postcard can mean the same as a picture postcard, or whether they are also natural English. Thank you.

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    Re: a picture postcard vs. a landscape picture etc.

    No. The phrase "picture postcard" to mean just a "postcard" is quite outdated and rarely used. These days, we just send people "a postcard" when we are on holiday.

    It is, however, used sometimes to describe a particularly idyllic scene.

    "The picture-postcard village of Hamden is nestled amongst the Malvern Hills and boasts a large number of tiny, thatched cottages." There, "picture-postcard" is used as an adjective.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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