celebrate - transitivity


Senior Member
Hi again everyone,

I wonder if I can you the verb celebrate intransitively: We will celebrate in a restaurant, referring to a birthday party mentioned a few lines
before that....Does is it have the meaning "have a party" or I should use "it" referring to "the birthday"?
Thanks for your help,
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    It is perfectly normal to use celebrate intransitively if you know what is being celebrated.
    Ireland have just beaten Scotland at rugby (22-15).
    I'm going to celebrate later.
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