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    common usage

    In the following terms, "New Year's Eve" and "A Valentine's Card", Eve and Card are the subjects of the clause, what about "New Year's..." and "A Valentine's...."?

    Just to clear this up, as many Americas actually leave out the ..Eve and the ..Card bit, which I know to be pure laziness, I'd really like to be able to explain the construction of both these phrases.

    Many thanks


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    Re: common usage

    New Year's and Valentine's are both modifiers.

    Your assertion that leaving out the word card is laziness is inane. The word "Valentine" can be the person who is your sweetheart, or it can be a little card that (usually) children give out to their friends.

    New Year's Eve is Dec 31. If an American says "New Year's" we don't mean Dec. 31. We are not "leaving it out" -- it's just not what we mean.

    Did you leave the "h" out of Englishman out of sheer laziness?
    Last edited by Barb_D; 06-Nov-2007 at 03:19.

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