On the eve of the New Year

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    You can say that, Melrosse, but it is a somewhat unusual thing to say. Native English-speakers are likely to choose the shorter version unless they have some strange reason to turn it into a longer phrase.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    If someone were to say "on the eve of the New Year" I would think they were deliberately not using the normal phrase "on New Year's Eve" and wanted it to mean "in a period immediately before the New Year" - the last few days of the old year, perhaps.
     
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