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    Default I met them on ____ morning last month.

    I met them on ____ morning last month. a) Monday b) a Monday c) the Monday

    I would like to know whether we can write days with articles. So far, I have been convinced that days are only used with a zero article e.g. They are not working on Monday.
    If we can, the difference of form must inevitably imply a difference in meaning. What exactly is different?

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    I met him on a Monday morning last month. - We don't know which of the four or five Mondays in that month.

    I met him on the Monday morning last month.

    I met him on Monday morning last month.


    I can't at the moment think of completely natural contexts for these.

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I can't at the moment think of completely natural contexts for these.
    Not with those time periods, but if we change them we can do it easily enough:

    I was there for the whole week and saw them on the Friday.

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    I don't work on a Monday = I don't work Mondays.

    Choice a) in your original example works exactly as 5jj described.

    Q: Have you met James before?
    A: Yes, we met in London. I can't remember when exactly but it was a Saturday.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    Thank you,
    I have , unfortunately, never come across this usage of articles before days. Is there a thorough article/explanation to this you can recommend?

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Thank you,
    I have , unfortunately, never come across this usage of articles before days. Is there a thorough article/explanation to this you can recommend?
    "Monday" is a countable noun. (As are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday etcetera.)

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    Default Re: I met them on ____ morning last month.

    I saw him on Monday. - The most recent Monday.
    I saw him on a Monday. - One Monday from a number (last year, for instance)
    I saw him on the Monday. - A specific Monday known to the listener (the week I was in London, for instance)

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