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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 6:47:19 AM
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When the food was ready, the hawker wished me a “Happy Chinese New Year” as she passed me the plate of regularly black carrot cake.

Is the "a" redundant?

Thanks.
R Gosman
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:28:05 AM

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It is: you either discard the quotation marks and keep the a or scrap the a and keep the quote.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 11:42:19 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
When the food was ready, the hawker wished me a “Happy Chinese New Year” as she passed me the plate of regularly black carrot cake.

Is the "a" redundant?

Thanks.


I don't find it redundant. The hawker didn't just wish you "Happy New Year", but a specific "Happy New Year", a "Happy Chinese New Year"; the year of the pig.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Pablo Bernal
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:06:47 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
When the food was ready, the hawker wished me a “Happy Chinese New Year” as she passed me the plate of regularly black carrot cake.

Is the "a" redundant?

Thanks.

I don't think it is redundant. It is like saying "She wished me a Merry Christmas"
ozok
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:30:44 PM
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Quote:
...plate of regularly black carrot cake...



I've often eaten black (and white) carrot cake in Singapore but never 'regularly black carrot cake'.



just sayin'
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:34:10 PM
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FounDit wrote:
I don't find it redundant.


Pablo Bernal wrote:
I don't think it is redundant.

That makes three of us.
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