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    apostrophe s for time expressions

    1. New Year's Eve
    2. Christmas Eve

    The sentences above are from Webster's. I read somewhere that 's for showing possession can be used for time expressions. I couldn't find it out why for New Year, 's is used but for Christmas it is not.
    Could you please help find it out why?
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    Re: oppostrophe s for time expressions

    "New Year Eve" is harder to say without an "s." "Christmas Eve" already has an "s" there.

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    Re: oppostrophe s for time expressions

    I have corrected the spelling of 'apostrophe' in your original title.

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    Re: oppostrophe s for time expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "New Year Eve" is harder to say without an "s." "Christmas Eve" already has an "s" there.
    I am not a teacher.

    Perhaps, but that doesn't explain why we also say, 'Christmas Day' and 'New Year's Day'.

    Christmas comes from old English and signifies Christ + Mass. It's the day that Christ's mass is celebrated (by believers at least) so the apostrophe wouldn't be meaningful tacked onto the end, IMO.

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