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    Prepositions of time

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    Me thinks that in terms of dates

    "in" refers to a measurable extent, such as an hour, a year, etc.

    Example: See you for Easter in 2004!


    "on" refers to the surface of a calendar.

    Example: See you on Easter Monday!


    "at" refers to a general point in time, such as "Christmas", "Easter", etc.

    Example: See you at Easter. (general point in time)

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    Example: See you on Easter Day. (specific day)

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    See you on Easter Island?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    See you on Easter Island?

    Yes. An island is considered a contained surface, so 'on' is used; A city, however, is considered to be contained within, so 'in' is used.

    See you on Easter Island at Easter on Easter (day) in my Easter ears. :D

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    I'll be in my Easter bunny suit.

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    Which is correct?

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    Use 'at'.

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    Re: Prepositions of time

    I have a question

    so should you say, on Christmas day? or at Christmas day?

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    Re: Prepositions of time

    On Christmas day
    At Christmas = the general period

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    Re: Prepositions of time

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Me thinks that in terms of dates ..."at" refers to a general point in time, such as "Christmas", "Easter", etc.

    Example: See you at Easter. (general point in time)

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    Example: See you on Easter Day. (specific day)
    Me thinks so too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    On Christmas day
    At Christmas = the general period
    Yep.

    Quote Originally Posted by cner01 View Post
    depends, if you meant Easter day then it should be "on" . If you meant Easter season, it should be "in"
    Yep, and nope. If you meant Easter Day, you would say Easter Day and not just Easter. Same with Christmas.

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    I saw her on Easter.- I saw her on Easter Day.
    Nope. See above.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Use 'at'.
    Yep.

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