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    Smile we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Since Emily is going back to London, we'll throw/hold her a surprise party one week before her actual birthday.



    Are there marginal differences between "throw and hold her a surprise party?" Thanks.

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    We'll throw a surprise party for her. [good English]
    We'll hold a surprise party for her. [?]
    We'll have a surprise party for her. [This is what I'd say.]

    I think "throw" and "have" work best here; "hold" is usually something more formal, like a meeting.

    I wouldn't say "throw her a surprise party."

    edward

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    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Since Emily is going back to London, we'll throw/hold her a surprise party one week before her actual birthday.



    Are there marginal differences between "throw and hold her a surprise party?" Thanks.

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Thanks, Edward.

    Just to make sure, why don't you say "throw her a surprise party?"
    What does "throw a surprise party for her" mean exactly?

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Hard to say.
    Maybe because I expect a more literal meaning with "throw her":
    Throw her a baseball.
    Throw her a towel.

    "Throw a party" is just an idiom for "have a party." It's more casual, colloquial.

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    edward

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    Thanks, Edward.

    Just to make sure, why don't you say "throw her a surprise party?"
    What does "throw a surprise party for her" mean exactly?

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Since Emily is going back to London, we'll throw/hold her a surprise party one week before her actual birthday.



    Are there marginal differences between "throw and hold her a surprise party?" Thanks.
    From a Google search:
    Results 1 - 10 of about 338,000 for "throw a party" [definition].

    Results 1 - 10 of about 259,000 for "hold a party".
    Hm. "Throw a party" does seem to be less formal.

    ~R

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Interesting idea, using the Google search that way.

    Re "throw a party", we agree that it's rather informal.
    We would NOT normally say:
    George Bush threw a party for the diplomatic corps.

    edward

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Thanks, Edward and Ron.

    I got the general picture at least.

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    Let's throw a party for angliholic. We'll have eats and drinks and music.

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    Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    You can throw a party; you can have a party; you can give a party. They all seem less formal than hold a party.

    ~R

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    Smile Re: we'll throw/hold her a surprise party

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Let's throw a party for angliholic. We'll have eats and drinks and music.
    Hi, Ron.
    You flattered me too much, and I'm afraid I can't take it because you'll give me a heart attack at the same time.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    You can throw a party; you can have a party; you can give a party. They all seem less formal than hold a party.

    ~R
    Thanks, Ron.

    Roger!

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