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    Omitting 'on' in American English

    Is it true that it is common in American English to omit the preposition ‘on’ in such sentences as
    1. Yes, Mrs Douglas arrives (no prep) September 2nd."
    2. We agreed to meet (no prep) Wednesday afternoon
    3. I’ll call you (no prep) Sunday morning at 10.
    4. My father was born (no prep) June 1st, 1973.
    5. See you (no prep) Friday.
    and so on

    And here’s another: the preposition ‘in’ is NEVER used in sentences, related to the word ‘street’ in any contexts, just 'on':
    6. Look, there are so many people on the streets.
    7. I found a hundred dollar bill on the street.
    and so on…
    Last edited by northpath; 28-Jul-2016 at 13:23.

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    #2

    Re: American English

    The answer to both is yes. We often omit the preposition on in those contexts, and we are hardly ever in a street.
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    #3

    Re: American English

    With the first batch of questions, this usage is also becoming more common in colloquial British English.

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    #4

    Re: American English

    Is it common to use in American English the preposition ‘after’ instead of ‘past’ in the sentences like:
    The movie starts at a quarte after seven.

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