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Plural with day and a part of day

Good evening

I have a series book of Oxford Word Skills. In basic lesson . Sometimes I see:
page 47

We often go and see a film on Sunday

On Sundays, I get up late

I don't know why to use singular or plural form. And does "a part of day" have plural form? example: morning and mornings

Thank you


  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited August 2018

    @duc Think of two days and divide into eight parts. This will give you:
    two mornings
    two afternoons
    two evenings
    two nights

    On Sunday usually refers to one Sunday. In some contexts it refers to Sundays in general.

    This is clearly true of your first sentence — because of the word 'often'.

    But if you changed the second sentence to On Sunday, I get up late it could be misunderstood, because I get up can have a FUTURE meaning.

    So it can mean 'On the Sunday that;s coming up, it's certain that I'll get up late'.

    There's a third possibility: We often go and see a film on a Sunday.

    When it isn't clear from the context that I mean 'Sundays in general', I prefer to use on Sundays.

    For mornings in general it's a little less clear cut. With the preposition in we use SINGULAR. However, when there is no proposition the PLURAL is often used

    Most mornings I get up at eight.

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