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    Smile IN or ON :) Interesting Question

    Dear teacher,

    I understand preposition "in" has the meaning of during a period of time.
    for example:

    1. I phoned you in the morning.

    I also understand preposition "on" has the meaning of indicating when sth happens. for example:

    2. My birthday is on Tuesday.

    I also know I must use "on" in the sentence below.

    3. I phoned you on Tuesday morning.

    Can I say "I phoned you in Tuesday morning." because I phoned you really during Tuesday morning.

    (really during the part of that period.)

    I am much obliged to you for your help.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: IN or ON :) Interesting Question

    If we say I went there on Tuesday, it could only have taken a few minutes or seconds, so it would also be during the period of time covered by that day- the distinctions you're using don't really work for me. In answer to your question, I wouldn't use in Tuesday morning.

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    Default Re: IN or ON :) Interesting Question

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teacher,

    I understand preposition "in" has the meaning of during a period of time.
    for example:

    1. I phoned you in the morning.

    I also understand preposition "on" has the meaning of indicating when sth happens. for example:

    2. My birthday is on Tuesday.

    I also know I must use "on" in the sentence below.

    3. I phoned you on Tuesday morning.
    Can I say "I phoned you in Tuesday morning." because I phoned you really during Tuesday morning.

    (really during the part of that period.)

    I am much obliged to you for your help.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: IN or ON :) Interesting Question

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Can I say "I phoned you in Tuesday morning." because I phoned you really during Tuesday morning.

    (really during the part of that period.)

    I spent my whole Tuesday morning trying to reach you on the phone.
    I spent my whole Tuesday morning speaking to you on the phone.

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