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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:45:18 AM
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Hi,

Are both the following sentences correct?

a. The holiday is coming.
b. The holiday is coming up.

I'd appreciate your help.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:33:05 PM

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To come up is an idiomatic phrase meaning something is suddenly brought under discussion, or interrupt something, or happening unexpectedly.

So, usually, in your case, I'd use the a version.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:38:17 PM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

Are both the following sentences correct?

a. The holiday is coming.
b. The holiday is coming up.

I'd appreciate your help.


JJ is correct when he says "come up" usually means something is brought up or comes unexpectedly. But in this usage, both would be correct because this use of "coming (up) simply means the holiday is approaching.
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