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    I think some of the differences in opinion have to do with differences in AE and BE. (Not unusual here.)

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    Default Re: Prepositions of time

    Quote Originally Posted by lovemylife9987 View Post
    In- "I saw her in Easter." "In" is incorrect. "In" refers to where an object is. Easter is a holiday and can not have any object "in" it.
    At- "I saw her at Easter." "At" is incorrect. "At" is used in reference to a precise place. Easter is a day not a place.
    On- "I saw her on Easter." "On" is the correct word. "On" is commonly used for dates. For example, I was born ON May 17th. Easter is a date so "on" can be used here.
    Hi

    I`m sorry to contradict you but the expression at Easter is correct:

    We have to use AT with :
    (1) clock times (EX) at six o'clock
    (2) religious festivals (EX) at Christmas, at Easter [meaning at Christmas time / at Easter time]
    (3) mealtimes (EX) at breakfast, at lunch, at dinner, at dinner time
    (4) other specific time (EX) at night, at the weekend , at weekends, at half-term
    On Easter means exactly on Easter Day.


    At is used for specific points of time not only for place or location.

    Expression Examples:

    at night The stars shine at night.
    at the weekend I don't usually work at the weekend.
    at Christmas/Easter I stay with my family at Christmas.
    at the same time We finished the test at the same time.
    at present He's not home at present. Try later.



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    All the best.
    Last edited by Teia; 13-Aug-2007 at 08:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    I`m sorry to contradict you but the expression at Easter is correct:

    We have to use AT with :
    (1) clock times (EX) at six o'clock
    (2) religious festivals (EX) at Christmas, at Easter [meaning at Christmas time / at Easter time]
    (3) mealtimes (EX) at breakfast, at lunch, at dinner, at dinner time
    (4) other specific time (EX) at night, at the weekend , at weekends, at half-term
    On Easter means exactly on Easter Day.


    At is used for specific points of time not only for place or location.

    Expression Examples:

    at night The stars shine at night.
    at the weekend I don't usually work at the weekend.
    at Christmas/Easter I stay with my family at Christmas.
    at the same time We finished the test at the same time.
    at present He's not home at present. Try later.



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    All the best.


    Hmmm, good point. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    ... I must disagree with Cas and Tdol. (Boy is that ever rare!) I thought about what I would say, and since I would say "I'll see you on Easter day" I picked on. As for using in to mean during, I would rather say during. For example: I'll see you during the Easter holidays.
    But ... we, Tdol and I, agree with you, on Easter day. The poll example sentence, however, is different. It reads ___ Easter. (There is no day.) So, at Easter. Right?

    I'll see you on Easter day.
    I'll see you at Easter. poll question

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    But ... we, Tdol and I, agree with you, on Easter day. The poll example sentence, however, is different. It reads ___ Easter. (There is no day.) So, at Easter. Right?

    I'll see you on Easter day.
    I'll see you at Easter. poll question
    Well, my wife agrees with you.



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    AT:
    the time - at 4 o'clock
    holidays - at Christmas, at Easter, at the weekend
    in the express- at the moment, at present, at down, at noon, at night, at midnight.

    IN:
    month - in April....
    seasons- in (the) winter/spring/..
    years - in 1996...
    centuries- in the 20th century
    in the xpression - in the morning/afternoon/evening, in a hour, in a minute, in a week/few days/month/year.

    ON:
    days - on Friday, on New years days
    dates - on July 2th
    special part of a day - on Monday evening
    adjective + day - on a cold day

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    Default Re: Prepositions of time

    at for weekends and public holidays but if mentioned the day of it we use on

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I think some of the differences in opinion have to do with differences in AE and BE. (Not unusual here.)
    I agree. Your statement brings up an interesting problem that many teachers face in the ESL/EFL classroom - which form to teach?

    IMHO, each form should be taught so that the students is most prepared, as long as it is EFL. If it is ESL, then I suggest teaching the local expressions since the student will be there for some time, possibly indefinitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Use 'at'.
    So do we have to qualify the occasion/festival example Christmas, Easter,Diwali etc with the term "day" or "eve" or "night" to use the preposition "on"?

    Example: We burst crackers at Diwali.
    We burst crackers on Diwali night.

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    Default Re: Prepositions of time

    They're OK for me, but I would use firecrackers.

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