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    #1

    preposition before date

    Dear All,
    I've noticed that many native speakers sometimes seem to omit the preposition before date.
    For example,
    "Brussels, Belgium (CNN)
    Paris and Brussels continued to defend against the threat of terrorist attacks Sunday, with raids and arrests in the Belgian capital and a fresh appeal from French police."

    Shouldn't we put "on" before Sunday? I've seen this kind of omission several times before. Is there any rule to exclude the preposition before date?Thank you

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    #2

    Re: preposition before date

    It is very common. I don't know if there is a rule.

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    #3

    Re: preposition before date

    For me (BrE), "on" is required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: preposition before date

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For me (BrE), "on" is required.
    I'd use it in that sentence, but "I'll see you Sunday" seems natural enough to me.

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    #5

    Re: preposition before date

    I should have been clearer - in the original context, I would use "on". I, too, would happily say "I'll see you Sunday", "I'll do it Sunday".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: preposition before date

    Thank you all.
    May I conclude that it's required for British English to put the preposition before date, but it becomes more flexible for American English?

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    #7

    Re: preposition before date

    "The date" is something like December 3 or May 19.
    "The day" is Sunday.

    Ems and Piscean (both British) said they'd omit it in a sentence like "See you Sunday" so it's clearly not always required.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: preposition before date

    Dropping the preposition is increasing in British English, but it is not so established that the sentence from CNN would work. In BrE, it may be better to play safe and use it in most contexts, though things like See you Sunday are fine.

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