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    In or On?

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me what the proper preposition is in the following sentence, and why?
    "The commencement exercise will take place on June 15, at four o'clock, p.m. The graduates will be entertained in/on the evening of the same day."

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: In or On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me what the proper preposition is in the following sentence, and why?
    "The commencement exercise will take place on June 15, at four o'clock, p.m. The graduates will be entertained in/on the evening of the same day."

    Thanks a lot.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Deeppurple.

    (1) I think the answers are:

    (a) The graduates will be entertained on the evening of the same day.

    (b) The reason (I think) is that one uses on when referring to a

    specific evening. That is:

    ...will be entertained on the evening of June 15.

    Thank you

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    Re: In or On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me what the proper preposition is in the following sentence, and why?
    "The commencement exercise will take place on June 15, at four o'clock, p.m. The graduates will be entertained in/on the evening of the same day."

    Thanks a lot.
    In that sentence, I would only say 'in the evening'.
    I believe I've heard 'on the Morning of....', but I'm not sure I've heard 'on the evening of...'.

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    Re: In or On?

    *Not a teacher at all

    I would use in in that case. There could only have a specific day; if so, it would be on June 15 - as written before. Though there is a specific period of the day, so we are not fully talking about the day but rather about the period of the day; therefore it should be 'in the evening of the same day'.

    Eg We are at the end of the day; not We are on the end of the day

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    Re: In or On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me what the proper preposition is in the following sentence, and why?
    "The commencement exercise will take place on June 15, at four o'clock, p.m. The graduates will be entertained in/on the evening of the same day."

    Thanks a lot.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Deepurple.

    (1) I did some googling and discovered that "on the evening" as

    used in your sentence seems to be older English:

    On the evening of the day on which .... 1876

    On the evening of that day .... 1868

    On the evening of the opening day .... 1914

    On the evening of the day appointed by the City of .... 1814

    On the evening of the last day of their journey ...1825

    (2) I could not find any modern-day citations.

    (3) It would appear, therefore, that "in" would be

    preferable for your particular sentence -- as two outstanding

    posters have already suggested.

    Thank you

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    Re: In or On?

    Personally, I think it depends!!! For example, let's say there is an event happening on June 15th at 7pm. The company organising the event make some advertising literature, leaflets etc. I would expect them to read:

    On the evening of June 15th, at 7pm, there will be a concert in the park.

    However, if I was someone going to that concert and someone said to me "What are you doing on June 15th?", my reply would be:

    I don't know what I'm doing during the day, but in the evening I'm going to a concert.

    I would say basically that the difference comes with the use of the word "of" followed by the date.

    In the evening, I'm going out.
    On the evening of September 14th, there was an earthquake.

    Remember, however, that if we specify a day of the week plus a time of day, we use "on":

    On Tuesday evening, I'm going to the cinema.

    I feel very sorry for learners when it comes to prepositions!!

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