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General Writing and Grammar Help/not using "on" in front of day or date


Most of the time, we are taught to use "on" before day or date.
ex) I met my friends on Monday.
   I met my friends on Jan.17th.

However, I see cases where "on" is omitted before day/date.

ex)"The latest James Bond film “Skyfall” has become million pounds at the British box office, it was announced Monday"
   "The next Project sites will be announced Jan. 30."

Q: Are both acceptable?
  If both cases are fine, are their usage different?

Hello MJ

I think you will find that "I met my friends on Monday" is traditional English usage.

But " was was announced Monday" is slightly more casual, American usage.

For the purposes of formal writing, I would suggest you stick to using the first.

Hope that helps

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