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    on March 25 or not

    "The show debuted March 25 on satellite TV."

    The above is from an English newspaper.

    Should I add an "on" before March 25? The show debuted on March 25 on satellite TV.

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    Re: on March 25 or not

    It's fine either way.

    It occurred to me that the pronunciation of "debuted" is far from obvious. It's like dayb you'd.
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    Re: on March 25 or not

    I would leave it out since it starts to sound redundant with the second 'on', which is necessary.

    It's not wrong to include it, however, it just sounds repetitive.

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    Re: on March 25 or not

    In BrE it's normal to omit on when writing, but we would normally include it when reading aloud, regardless of whether it has been written.

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    Re: on March 25 or not

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    In BrE it's normal to omit on when writing, but we would normally include it when reading aloud, regardless of whether it has been written.
    Furthermore, in BrE we would pronounce March 25 as "March the twenty-fifth". I believe AmE users might say it differently.

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    Re: on March 25 or not

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Furthermore, in BrE we would pronounce March 25 as "March the twenty-fifth". I believe AmE users might say it differently.
    We may say March twenty-fifth, March the twenty-fifth, or the twenty-fifth of March.​ If it's written "March 25" or "March 25th", we're not likely to use the last version.
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    Re: on March 25 or not

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We may say March twenty-fifth, March the twenty-fifth, or the twenty-fifth of March.​ If it's written "March 25" or "March 25th", we're not likely to use the last version.
    I think I've heard "March twenty-five". Would you say that's also natural?

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    Re: on March 25 or not

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I think I've heard "March twenty-five". Would you say that's also natural?
    I wouldn't say it but I'm somewhat old fashioned in my speech habits. I think some people do.

    Twenty-five March​ may be heard sometimes, too.
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    Re: on March 25 or not

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I think I've heard "March twenty-five". Would you say that's also natural?
    I've heard people say it too, but despite being a native speaker of American English, I think it sounds strange. It may be a regionalism.
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