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    Smile most cultures/races

    In addition, the English and French eventually changed their gift-giving tradition from the New Year's Day to Christmas Day. And soon gift-giving became a tradition on Christmas for most cultures in America.



    I presume "most cultures" refer to "mose races/peoples," and I wonder why it's "most cultures." In our language, we use "most races/peoples" in the above context, which is clearer in meaning to me.
    My question is why you use "cultures," which is vague for me.


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    Re: most cultures/races

    It s not a question of "we" using the word.

    The writer of this sentence used the word - why he or she did so is not something anyone else can identify without knowing more about the person.

    What period is this extract referring to? The 18th, 19th, or 20th century?

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    Smile Re: most cultures/races

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It s not a question of "we" using the word.

    The writer of this sentence used the word - why he or she did so is not something anyone else can identify without knowing more about the person.

    What period is this extract referring to? The 18th, 19th, or 20th century?
    Thanks, Anglika, for your consideration.

    The extract is from an modern English magazine for high school kids here, and I think it's not the only case that uses "cultures" instead of "races/peoples." It seems to me that in the similar contexts most native speakers would use "cultures." That's my observation.

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