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    write the date

    Hi everybody!

    I could use all the help avaible to solve this silly problem:

    Is "ON December the fifth" wrong? If it's right, could you please tell me why?
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: write the date

    Hello Twitch

    No, "on" + date is fine:

    1. On December 5th, I broke my ankle.

    You use "on" + date to specify the day on which something happened.

    You can also use "on" + a part of a day:

    2. On the morning of January 17th, I broke my wrist.
    3. On the evening of February 7th, I broke two ribs.
    4. On the afternoon of March 20th, I broke three teeth.

    Or even with a more general time-phrase:

    5. On the following day, I threw away my lucky rabbit's foot.


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    Re: write the date

    Be careful, though, because there are some days where you can't use "on". These are:

    the day before yesterday
    the day after tomorrow
    the other day
    X days ago

    Although these all refer to specific days, you do not use any preposition with them.

    Note also:

    on Easter Sunday
    on Christmas Day
    on my birthday

    These are all specific days. However:

    at Easter
    at Christmas

    These don't refer to specific days. "At Easter" would include Good Friday, the following Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, and possibly a few days before and after as well.

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    Thank you very much to both of you for such quick answers and all the extra!

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