a surprise birthday party vs. a birthday surprise party

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Luis Manuel

Senior Member
Hello, everyone

Could you please tell me which of these options is correct?

(1) a surprise birthday party
(2) a birthday surprise party

If both options are correct, is there a difference in meaning between them?

Thank you
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    We would normally say (1). On rare occasions, we could use (2) if you already know it's a surprise party, and I'm explaining the reason for it - but it's still not the best way of saying it.
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