I am a relatively new American ESL teacher and fell into crisis the other day teaching prepositions (ON Christmas, ON the weekend, AT noon) when my student looked at me like I was an idiot and pointed out that the (British) textbook said AT Christmas and AT the weekend. Despite feeling a little dumb to be contradicted by the book, "at Halloween" or "at Easter" just doesn't sound right. I haven't been able to find a good explanation of whether it is a difference between American and British English, or if I have just always said it wrong!
So I ask both the Americans and British, what do you use? On or at??
ON is used for specific days and special calendar days
we are going to sallys ON christmas day.
we are going to a show ON saturday.
we will have fun AT christmastime.
i will dress up ON halloween.
tricky lil prepositions
I totally agreed... until the textbook I was teaching out of said AT! Are you American? I'm now pretty sure it's a difference in British/American, I usually try and explain all different ways of saying things when I teach. Live and learn! Thanks for the help.
PS I figured out what a queue is after being asked "Are you queuing?" about 20 times in one day and giving 20 blank stares haha.
I use ON Christmas if I'm referring to the date.
I use AT Christmas if I'm referring to the event of celebrating.
I'm British (Scottish) and would say 'at Christmas' but would say 'on Christmas Day'
I also would say "at Christmas time," yet "on Christmas day." I am pretty sure that it is a difference between American and British English because I have found grammar guides on the internet that say both (individually, not either/or) are correct.
I am from New Zealand and this is a very good question.
When referring to the Weekend.... we use 'On'
When referring to Noon...... we use 'At'
Paraglider is correct with the Christmas variations.
and lift is elevator
queue is line,
humour is humor
My English is structured, am a Filipina so when i read books, I am quite confused at times, whether I speak or write correctly..., American or British..
really? yes, I'm American and use the Scott,Foreman handbook for writers. also in the teaching profession. it could be a difference as there are many between English and British.
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