Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 469
    #1

    Can you say happy new year before new year?

    1/2/3 days (a few days) before new year day (1 Jan), can you say happy new year to people?

    When is the earliest and latest that you can say happy new year?

  1. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,388
    #2

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    Yes, you can. There is no rule saying how far in advance, but it's pretty common to wish people "a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" together, so you'll sometimes hear it a week or more in advance. After Christmas, you'll hear it all the time leading up to New Year's day.

    Generally if it's close to Christmas, you can also offer New Year's greetings.

    As for after the holiday, again there's no rule, but you'll hear it for at least several days, maybe up to a week.

    You won't hear it for as nearly as long after January 1st as you're likely to hear it before January 1st, however.

    As long as you're not saying it in July, people won't care.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 469
    #3

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    When do you usually say the sentence "Happy New Year"?

    Do you say it when you just meet the person? e.g. Hello, good morning, happy new year.

    Or do you say it when leaving?
    e.g. Thank you. Happy new year.
    e.g. Bye. Happy new year.

    I am driving a taxi so I would like to be polite and make my passenger feel happy.

  2. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,388
    #4

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    You can use it either way, both as a greeting and a farewell.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,813
    #5

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    I'd use it when parting from someone if it's still December. From January 1st onwards, I'd use it when I meet them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 469
    #6

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'd use it when parting from someone if it's still December. From January 1st onwards, I'd use it when I meet them.
    Is this a common practice or just personal preference?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 3,289
    #7

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is this a common practice or just personal preference?
    I think it is common and logical - a parting greeting for something coming up and an opening greeting for something that has started.
    I am not a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,815
    #8

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    When do you usually say the sentence "Happy New Year"?
    After Christmas (before that it would include Merry Christmas) and a couple of days into the new year.

  4. Roman55's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 2,309
    #9

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    I found this thread quite interesting. It became clear to me that having lived so long in France I've become conditoned not to say Happy New Year until the new year has actually begun. It is simply not done here.
    I am not a teacher

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,447
    #10

    Re: Can you say happy new year before new year?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    When do you usually say the sentence "Happy New Year"?
    It's not a sentence.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR to ...
    By TheParser in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2012, 19:05
  2. Happy new year, everybody
    By wuwei in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Jan-2007, 00:52

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
  •