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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:41:39 AM
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Hi,

I have read this sentence in "The Christmas Eves of Aunt Elise" by Thomas Ligotti:

"I spent much of a given Christmas Eve sitting near this gift of mine, mostly to find refuge from the others rather than to wonder at what was inside."

So what does "a given Christmas Eve" means?

I thought that it means every Christmas Eve, because he spent every Christmas at his aunt's house. But there is an "a" before the word "given" - not "any".
So is this only one occassion or a yearly habit of the protagonist?
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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:38:49 PM

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He visited each year but on one specific Christmas Eve, he sat by the gift.

given the past participle of give
adj
2. specific or previously stated



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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:42:23 PM
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So is it essentially same as "a certain Christmas Eve"?
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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:54:18 PM

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yes! - Personally I would say "one given Christmas" or "one certain Christmas", rather than "a given" or "a certain".

But "a certain Christmas" works.


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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 9:36:11 AM
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Thank you for your help.
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