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    Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Do we say "A festival is celebrated in the observance of someone doing something"?

    Here are a few examples.

    1) Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan. It symbolises that truth prevails over lie, good prevails over evil.

    2) Diwali approaches twenty days after Dusshera. It is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram coming home after spending fourteen years in the jungle on the behest of his father.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Yes, you can say that.

    Say:

    "truth prevails over a lie...."

    Say:

    Diwali occurs twenty days after Dusshera.

    And:

    AT the behest of his father

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan
    This doesn't work. You could say that Dusshera celebrates Lord Ram killing Ravan.

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This doesn't work. You could say that Dusshera celebrates Lord Ram killing Ravan.
    Tarheel says it is fine. It becomes confusing when two natives have contradictory views regarding a particular sentence.


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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Well, you could read the sentence as saying that we actually watch Lord Ram kill Ravan. I don't see it that way, but it's one possible interpretation.

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Perhaps:

    Dusshera is celebrated in observance of the day Lord Ram killed Ravan.

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Tarheel says it is fine. It becomes confusing when two natives have contradictory views regarding a particular sentence.
    People have opinions about language and there is not uniform agreement, like most subjects. I don't like the use of in observance.

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    People have opinions about language and there is not uniform agreement, like most subjects. I don't like the use of in observance.
    Diwali celebrates lord Ram coming back home after fourteen years. Is it correct?

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    Re: Dusshera is celebrated in the observance of lord Ram killing Ravan.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Diwali celebrates Lord Ram coming back home after fourteen years. Is it correct?
    It's OK, but you might want to say:

    Diwali is when we celebrate the return of Lord Ram after a fourteen-year absence.

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