celebration or celebrations

Discussion in 'English Only' started by s21d, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. s21d Senior Member

    Could you please tell me the difference between the usage of these two words 'celebration' and 'celebrations'.

    'Independence day celebration' or 'independence day celebrations'
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    The first one is a single event (e.g. "I am organising my own Independence day celebration"), the second one is a number of events (e.g: "There are hundreds of independence day celebrations going on all over the country").

    However, since there's no rule about what an "Independence day celebration" actually is, you could say that a song and a glass of wine, taken together, were celebrations in the plural.

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