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Dear Ted,

Do you say/write, "to join a celebration" or "to join IN a celebration"?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,


Dear Paolo:

Do you say/write, "to join a celebration" or "to join IN a celebration"?

*** I just answered a question about JOIN and JOINING IN.  The answer I gave previously applies to the question in this message.

If the celebration has already started, you would JOIN IN.  If it hasn't yet started, you would JOIN it.


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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