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Dear teachers and friends...
could you shed some light on this?
I talked to her this afternoon.
I talked to her on today's afternoon.
Is the second sentence wrong in both AmE and BrE?
I thought it was right and natural because I knew I had seen that structure somewhere "today's afternoon":
"today's afternoon" - Google Search
well.... there are over 8000 entries of it on google search.
hmm... a source that shouldn't be trusted.
Thank you guys.
Ah! How right you are! The phrase "today's afternoon" does in fact return many links from a Google search. Please understand, however, that you must read this phrase in context: It does not occur in isolation as your original post asked, i.e.:
"I talked to her on today's afternoon." - afternoon is here a nounRather, the phrase is used with afternoon as an adjective, as in "Today's afternoon program"
For example, please see the following link:
Tasmania: Today's afternoon program
I don't have the time to check out all of the links returned from your suggested Google search. But I'm willing to bet that if you check out as many as you like, this is the context in which you will find the phrase "today's afternoon" being used.
Please let me know what you find.
I found this link:
Iraq Today: War News for Thursday, July 31, 2008
where you will read:
"Two car bombs on Today's afternoon blew up in a synchronized way at Kokjli area, eastern Mosul, wounding nine people, including three Iraqi soldiers,"
but I guess the author is not a native speaker of English.
Thanks for shedding some light on it.
- Glad to be of help. You're right in assuming that the author of the quote you cite is not a native English speaker/writer.