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    Smile (on) May 5


    That changed May 5 in the remote farming village of Chaona, located 65 miles north of the capital, Harare. The village of dirt streets had voted for Tsvangirai in the election's first round after decades of supporting Mugabe.

    Hi! The paragraph I quote above is from The Washington Post.

    I am wondering why "on" is omitted before "May 5". I think it should be "on May 5".

    Could someone else help me out? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: (on) May 5

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    Q: Is the preposition "on" needed in the following sentence? "I will meet with the company president ON April 20."


    A: The preposition on before a specific date is usually optional. It is therefore correct to include on in the sentence you mentioned or to omit it. Both versions are correct and sound natural. In certain structures and phrases, English speakers sometimes omit certain prepositions when the meaning of the preposition is clearly understood from the context.

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    Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! The paragraph I quote above is from The Washington Post.

    I am wondering why "on" is omitted before "May 5". I think it should be "on May 5".

    Could someone else help me out? Thanks in advance!
    I think most Brit. English speakers would use "on", I certainly do.

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    Lightbulb Re: (on) May 5

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for throwing daylight on me. I see.

    Meanwhile, I appreciate your response to the thread -"How to Improve Our Writing" started by another forumite, which is very helpful to me. I just wouldn't like to chime in there.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/e...-writting.html
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 05-Jul-2008 at 09:31. Reason: typo: responde->response

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    Smile Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think most Brit. English speakers would use "on", I certainly do.
    Bonjour, Bhaisahab! Merci!

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    Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think most Brit. English speakers would use "on", I certainly do.
    Cool. What about constructs like, e.g., I'll see you (on) Tuesday?

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    Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for throwing daylight on me. I see.

    Meanwhile, I appreciate your responde to the thread -"How to Improve Our Writing" started by another forumite, which is very helpful to me. I just wouldn't like to chime in there.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/e...-writting.html
    You're most welcome.

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    Re: (on) May 5

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    Cool. What about constructs like, e.g., I'll see you (on) Tuesday?
    Yes, I'll see you on Tuesday.

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    Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, I'll see you on Tuesday.
    I've learnt something new today. Thank you.

    From GramTime News 06:3 - Institutionen för humaniora - Växjö universitet
    For those of you, like me, have felt uncertain about whether it is OK to say “Let’s meet Monday” without the preposition on, Magnus [contributing editor] has the answer: American English prefers skipping the preposition, British English strongly prefers keeping it.

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    Lightbulb Re: (on) May 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    American English prefers skipping the preposition, British English strongly prefers keeping it.
    Hi Soup,

    How about Canadian English if there had?

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