Is it correct to say "on tomorrow" as in "we will have a meeting on tomorrow afternoon" ?
The colloquial expression is 'have a meeting on' as in:
He: " A few of us in Accounting are arranging to go out for lunch. Would you like to join us?
She: "Love to - any day but Thursday. I have a monthly Managers' meeting on Thursday."
'have a meeting on Monday/tomorrow/next week'
Using it in the future tense, it sounds 'odd', 'forced', so avoid it:
"The boss is not happy with the sales figures and wants to talk to heads of section, so it looks like we'll have a meeting on tomorrow. Don't make plans for getting away from work early!"
Better to use 'will arrange' or 'meeting will be arranged'
'have a meeting on Monday/tomorrow/next week' (but do I have to think that on can apply to tomorrow and next week as well?) The answer is NO. That's why I take the liberty of editing your example into this:
'have a meeting [on Monday]/[tomorrow]/[next week]'
This way, I dare to think, it's easier to know which phrase can take a preposition, and which cannot.
Understand that I am referring to what is colloquial.
'to have a meeting on' is the informal way of saying, 'have a meeting set for tomorrow/ arranged for tomorrow.
"I have an exam on tomorrow/ exams on all this week."
Last edited by David L.; 14-Sep-2008 at 01:17.
So - let me be clear on this: you are taking me to task because I choose to differentiate what I would say informally (colloquially) as in ' I have a meeting on' from what I would say or write in a formal context.
I see 'standard usage' contrasting with 'variants' and 'dialects', not with 'colloquial'...and I do not feel sufficiently fired or enthused by any intrinsic importance in this issue to debate it further.