May I ask for a specific sentence using the word "landfall"?

which has a definition of: a reaching of land as by a traveler, craft, or storm according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

according to this Dictionary, one of the examples of the use of this word is as follows: "From the deck of the boat, we saw our first landfall."

Despite this, however, I did not know how to use it in other sentence formats, such as in this sample sentence: It will soon make a landfall in Japan.

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Thank you so much!

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    Landfall is a noun, not an adjective. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 16 '15 at 8:13
  • I once read this, though: "We've got to make our landfall at the Lodge while it's still daylight." (by Jenkins, Geoffrey A DAYSTAR OF FEAR) which is quite similar to the aforementioned sentence. In both sentences, landfall is being used as a noun. I'm sorry if I was implying it as an adjective. – Shaira Jul 16 '15 at 8:22
  • It is an expression used by sailors. It would be rather funny if you would use it today in normal language. Oald says, literary oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/… – rogermue Jul 16 '15 at 8:51
  • @rogermue: it's an expression that applies to ships and hurricanes, but it's perfectly suitable for normal language in those contexts. – Peter Shor Jul 16 '15 at 11:36

From Hurricanes of the North Atlantic: Climates and Society by James B. Elsner and A. Birol Kara:

Technically, hurricane landfall occurs when all or part of the hurriane eye wall crosses the coastline.


It will soon make a landfall in Japan

I suspect it should be without the "a".

I think sailors normally say "make landfall": e.g. "We expect to make landfall at noon."


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