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    Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Please check.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Use from, not since.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Or say it more simply: "What did you do yesterday morning?"

    "Morning," by definition, ends at noon.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post

    "Morning," by definition, ends at noon.
    Hmm.

    For many of us 'morning' ends at the end of our lunch. This may not be logical, but that's how it seems to work - in the UK at least. It is my work assignments and eating habits that dictate when I stop saying 'Good morning', not the clock.

    Tufguy's question does not work for me (even with my suggested correction).

    I'd probably ask one of these questions:

    What did you do/were you doing until midday yesterday?
    What did you do/were you doing yesterday morning?
    What did you do/were you doing all morning yesterday?
    Last edited by teechar; 27-Jan-2017 at 06:23. Reason: typo

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    I can see where casually what you do before lunch is your "morning."

    But whereas "evening" can be a flexible timing, "morning" ends when "afternoon" begins. And afternoon is taken literally.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But whereas "evening" can be a flexible timing, "morning" ends when "afternoon" begins. And afternoon is taken literally.
    My point was that this is not always so.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    It would be bizarre for an American to refer to any time after twelve noon as "morning". Interesting that the term may be shifting towards a functional rather than precise meaning in BrE.
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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    I'm with the clock-watchers on this one. I stop saying "Good morning" at 12 noon. At that point, I switch to "Good afternoon". When I eat lunch doesn't factor into it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    A common little incident in American life is to hear one's interlocutor make a correction after noticing it's two minutes past noon: ​Good morning - I mean, afternoon.
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    Re: Can we ask someone "What did you do yesterday since morning till noon?"

    Or exchanging pleasantries when you start a conference call where it's 11 AM on one end and 12PM on the other.

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