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    Default on but not at

    hello,
    why do we use on in the following examples?

    on a clear night
    on a winter's night
    (btw, why do we put 's after winter?)
    thanks a lot

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    Default Re: on but not at

    I'd say it's because it's a more restricted sense than 'at night'.

    At night (any) you can see some stars.
    On a clear night you can see millions.

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    Default Re: on but not at

    thank you very much for your answer tdol, so I understand that on makes the time specific.
    what about the 's? would it be right to say on a winter night?
    and what prep. to use in the following example? Still on?
    ... a sunny afternoon, we decided to take a walk.
    wind

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