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    Question Cards promising a Cool Yule =?

    For the 3.8million people of this multicultural melting pot, Christmas is a mere component of something called The Holidays.
    Take something really simple, like cards. If you go into any big store, you are offered a Holiday selection.

    Cards promising a Cool Yule sit beside the ones commemorating Hanukkah and the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa.
    Hello! What does 'promising' mean here? Thanks!

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    Re: Cards promising a Cool Yule =?

    Hello Daffs,

    Greetings cards generally wish someone something, or express a (pious) hope; I'm not sure I've ever seen a card that gave guarantees of anything.

    I wonder whether the writer has indulged overmuch in stylistic variation. I would take "promising" here as a mis-alternative to "wishing" or "hoping".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: Cards promising a Cool Yule =?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Daffs,

    Greetings cards generally wish someone something, or express a (pious) hope; I'm not sure I've ever seen a card that gave guarantees of anything.

    I wonder whether the writer has indulged overmuch in stylistic variation. I would take "promising" here as a mis-alternative to "wishing" or "hoping".

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    MrPedantic, thank you very much for your help.

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