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    what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    In what situation should I say"next day" or "the next day"?
    There is an example: When I was on the stage the next day, I felt so nervous that..." why can't I say"next day" instead of that? many thanks!


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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    In what situation should I say"next day" or "the next day"?
    There is an example: When I was on the stage the next day, I felt so nervous that..." why can't I say"next day" instead of that? many thanks!
    Since you are referring to a specific day you must use "the," that is, the definite article. You can read about definite articles here.

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Since you are referring to a specific day you must use "the," that is, the definite article. You can read about definite articles here.
    I know something about definite articles, but I'm still at a loss in the use of "the next day, year..."and "next day, year...". Can you give me some specific examples in explaining it?
    Like the sentence I gave above, can't I say "When I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that I shook like a leaf."
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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    In what situation should I say"next day" or "the next day"?
    There is an example: When I was on the stage the next day, I felt so nervous that..." why can't I say"next day" instead of that? many thanks!
    Usually you should use the article "the next day," but I guess there are situations you can ommit t.

    When you are telling a story, or talking about something, you can say:
    "He was really upset about it. However, on the next day, he seemed to have understood it better."
    "On Dec. 25 Santa Claus arrived, only to disappear the next day."

    In the situations above I think you can ommit the article:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that ... "
    "The teacher said we would have a test next day."

    Take a closer look at this sentence:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that ... "
    Here I think that a comma will make the article more natural:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage , the next day, I felt so nervous that ... "

    Well this is just my opinion. Think about it.


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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Like the sentence I gave above, can't I say "When I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that I shook like a leaf."
    In my opinion this sentece is OK, without the article "the".
    It seems the article "the" is optional here.

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Usually you should use the article "the next day," but I guess there are situations you can ommit t.

    When you are telling a story, or talking about something, you can say:
    "He was really upset about it. However, on the next day, he seemed to have understood it better."
    "On Dec. 25 Santa Claus arrived, only to disappear the next day."

    In the situations above I think you can ommit the article:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that ... "
    "The teacher said we would have a test next day."

    Take a closer look at this sentence:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage next day, I felt so nervous that ... "
    Here I think that a comma will make the article more natural:
    "I studied every single detail of the play. However, when I was on the stage , the next day, I felt so nervous that ... "

    Well this is just my opinion. Think about it.


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    Thank you for your patient explanation. The sentence I gave in fact is from a grammar correction exercise, in which the one without "the" is considered wrong, and the answer to it is to add "the" before "next day".
    I have always been puzzled at these two phrases. And now I'm still puzzled in spite of your answer. Isn't there a fixed rule about this?

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Thank you for your patient explanation. The sentence I gave in fact is from a grammar correction exercise, in which the one without "the" is considered wrong, and the answer to it is to add "the" before "next day".
    I have always been puzzled at these two phrases. And now I'm still puzzled in spite of your answer. Isn't there a fixed rule about this?
    I have never seen such rules. I just follow my ears (which I try to train by listening and reading good English).

    Let us wait for some native speaker's opinions about it. I am sure kfredson will be glad to tell us something else here.

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I have never seen such rules. I just follow my ears (which I try to train by listening and reading good English).

    Let us wait for some native speaker's opinions about it. I am sure kfredson will be glad to tell us something else here.
    I teach English in China, so sometimes I have to pay special attention to some grammar points that may seem pointless, for my students may ask me those questions. Otherwise I myself actually will not care about them.

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    I teach English in China, so sometimes I have to pay special attention to some grammar points that may seem pointless, for my students may ask me those questions. Otherwise I myself actually will not care about them.
    I didn't mean they are pointless. I think all grammar points are important.
    I just happen not to know the rules - but I would like to know them.

    By using this forum I have observed that most doubts about article usage, similar to yours, come from students from Asia. Perhaps it is because in their mother tongue they have a different approach to articles usage. For instance, I learned here that in Indian languages (besides the official English) they do not have articles at all. In my mother tongue (Portuguese) there is a very similar use of articles as in English.

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    Re: what's the difference between"next day"and "the nex day"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I didn't mean they are pointless. I think all grammar points are important.
    I just happen not to know the rules - but I would like to know them.

    By using this forum I have observed that most doubts about article usage, similar to yours, come from students from Asia. Perhaps it is because in their mother tongue they have a different approach to articles usage. For instance, I learned here that in Indian languages (besides the official English) they do not have articles at all. In my mother tongue (Portuguese) there is a very similar use of articles as in English.
    You are absolutely right. In the language of Chinese, there do not at all exist articles. So we English learners sometimes are really troubled by such stuff. And by the way, why till now there is still not a native speaker coming out to explain my question? Is it because they think it worthless to tell?

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