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    The performance will start ....... ON six.

    The performance will start ....... on six.

    I have always thought that we may use only AT when it comes to time and particular hours (at ten, at half past two etc.). Why is there in the sentence ON, then?

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    The performance will start ....... on six.

    I have always thought that we may use only AT when it comes to time and particular hours (at ten, at half past two etc.). Why is there in the sentence ON, then?
    What is missing from the space?

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What is missing from the space?
    ... (I'm going to count from one) ...


    ?

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    I think that in broadcasting, Americans say "on 3" and then count out loud "1.... 2.... and--" while giving only a hand signal for the final count of 3.

    We say "at" a time, such as six O'clock, and "on" a beat, musically, or a count, in terms of a moment.

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    dead ​is missing.

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    There we go! There is your answer. The phrase "dead on" when referring to time means "at exactly".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Wouldn't it save us all a lot of time if members gave us enough context with their original questions?

    If only!

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Wouldn't it save us all a lot of time if members gave us enough context with their original questions?

    If only!
    I live in hope, but I'm not holding my breath.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Why on earth did Tom type seven dots both times instead of 'dead'?

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    Re: The performance will start ....... ON six.

    Maybe he's superstitious and doesn't like mentioning anything to do with death!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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