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    Prepositions before time expressions

    As grammarians told us that no preposition should be used before such time expressions as "this, that, these, last, next, yesterday, tomorrow, some, one, all, every". However, times and again, we could find sentences on literary materials that broke the rule. For example,
    "I look forward to seeing you in that evening."
    "Simply by reading the mainstream media reports, we can see that mere incompetence doesn’t explain what happened to Bush on that day."
    "What happened on that day?"
    And what about "on the next morning" and simply "next morning"? Are they both acceptable? What are the differences?
    Thanks for your comments and advice.
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    Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "on the next morning"


    "...and on the seventh day He rested."

    "On this day in 1906, the San Francisco earthquake..."

    Apart from 'on that night' ' or 'during that evening' instead of 'in that evening', I can't grasp the condemnation to which you refer.
    Thanks for your reply, teacher. May I ask if the preposition "on/in" can be omitted before "that night" or be maintained?

    "Apart from 'on that night' ' or 'during that evening' instead of 'in that evening', I can't grasp the condemnation to which you refer."

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    ... in that evening
    ... on that evening

    Deepurple, the rules are as follows:
    We use no preposition with the following time expressions:
    • Time expressions with this e.g. this afternoon / week / month / year / century
    • Time expressions with last e.g. last night / week / March / year / Friday
    • Time expressions with next e.g. next week / month / year / Sunday
    • Tomorrow and time expression with tomorrow e.g. tomorrow night / morning
    • Yesterday and time expression with yesterday e.g. yesterday afternoon / morning
    We use no preposition with other specific days or weeks in a month on a calendar when you do not say the name of the day (e.g. Monday) or the date (the 19th):
    Examples:
    • today / the day after tomorrow / the day before yesterday / the week / before last / the week after next
    We use no preposition with time expressions that contain every, all, each, some, any and one.
    Examples:
    • We go on holiday every August.
    • I stayed at home all weekend.
    • He spends each Christmas with his parents.
    • Some weekends I stay in and work.
    • I can see you any evening this week.
    • One Saturday night we'll try that new restaurant.
    Source prepositions of time


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    Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    How about 'I haven't seen him in the last week'?


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    Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    Over the last week alone, diesel has gone up 5p.

    Apart from the BBC show, On This Day, there are 21 million references to 'on this day'
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    On this day in 1906, the San Francisco earthquake...

    The other rules I can see as valid.

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    Smile Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    How about 'I haven't seen him in the last week'?
    NOT A TEACHER

    It's Wednesday, 21 May. Saying:
    I haven't seen him in the last week. you mean the span of time between 14 May (Wednesday) and 21 May (Wednesday) (= up until now).

    It's Wednesday, 21 May. Saying:
    I didn't see him last week. you mean the span of time between 12 May (Monday) and 18 May (Sunday).


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    Re: Prepositions before time expressions

    Deletion of preposition is obligatory "when the temporal noun phrase contains a determiner used deictically (i.e.,as seen from the perspective of the speaker such as last next,this) or when the head noun of the noun phrase contains before,after,next,last or this as part of its meaning (e.g.,yesterday,tomorrow,today,tonight)"

    source:The Grammar Book:An ESL/EFL Teacher's course (2nd edition). P.P 404
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