“In” and “on” are both time-based prepositions. We can use them in different ways when we want to talk about specific periods. This article will look at “in the morning” and “on the morning” to explain the differences between the two.
Is It “In The Morning” Or “On The Morning”?
“In the morning” is correct when we want to be general about the “morning” we mean. Typically, it means “tomorrow” and when the sun comes up. “On the morning” is correct when we are more specific about the exact time or date we mean “on the morning.”
“In” is a much more general preposition. We use it to show that we just mean the general “morning,” which typically applies to tomorrow. There aren’t many cases where we would use “in the morning” without meaning tomorrow.
- I would like to talk to you more in the morning.
- I’ll see you in the morning.
However, “on the morning” can apply to multiple different mornings, as long as we specify it. “On” is the more specific preposition of time and events. Typically, the word “of” will follow the phrase.
- On the morning of the 19th, I will have to rush into school.
- You won’t see me on the morning of Monday next week, I’m afraid.
Is It “In The Morning Of” Or “On The Morning Of”?
“On the morning of” is correct because we use it to specify the morning. “On” only works when we are being specific about a time frame or event, meaning that “of” works well to establish that time. “In the morning of” is never grammatically correct.
The issue here comes with the specificity of “on” and the generalization of “in.” There are no cases where “in the morning of” is correct because “in the morning” almost always means tomorrow without being more specific.
- Correct: On the morning of March 5, he was not home when we checked on him.
- Incorrect: In the morning of the 16th, you found the one you were looking for.
Examples Of How To Use “In The Morning” In A Sentence
Let’s go through a few more examples with the prepositions. You might be able to notice the differences between them when you compare the following sections with each other.
- In the morning, I think it would be wise for us to talk about what happened tonight.
- I don’t want to see you in the morning, so you better pack your bags and move out.
- I haven’t got much time in the morning to eat my breakfast.
- I need to be at work early in the morning, which is really annoying for my sleep schedule.
- I would like to talk to him more in the morning, but I doubt he’ll be interested.
- You should see me in the morning because I have some news for you.
- We’re going on holiday in the morning, and we cannot wait!
“In the morning” means tomorrow morning. It usually works when we are about to go to sleep, or it is getting late in the day before, and we are going to set up plans for the following morning. It is not a specific phrase that applies to any other morning.
Examples Of How To Use “On The Morning” In A Sentence
“On the morning” is the more specific phrase of the two. We should understand how it works before deciding to use this preposition, and these examples will explain all.
- On the morning of the 5th, I’m not going to be returning home, okay?
- I saw him on the morning of the day you mentioned, but I’m not entirely sure where
- You should have told me he was there on the morning of March 5.
- I was not aware that we changed the schedule on the morning of last Monday.
- On the morning of Saturday the 15th, someone decided it would be funny to shred these important documents.
- On the morning of my mother’s funeral, I had a hard time collecting my thoughts.
- I didn’t want to go outside on the morning of the carnival’s arrival. I hate that show!
“On the morning” works only when we use it to specify the morning. It doesn’t always apply to tomorrow and instead can apply to a morning in the past or future based on how we specify it. We typically use a date or event to specify the morning.
Is It Correct To Say “In The Mornings”?
Generally, “in the morning” works well to talk about one morning or multiple mornings. However, we can also use “in the mornings” in some specific situations, and it would help to understand them.
“In the mornings” works when we want to talk about a group of mornings. These mornings are usually related to a specific event or thing that follows them, and they are separate from someone’s regular morning.
To help you understand what we mean, you can refer to the following:
- In the mornings where I have work, I have this ritual that I cannot deviate from.
- I love to go on vacation. In the mornings while I’m away, I will go straight to the pool and sunbathe!
Typically, “in the mornings” works to talk about multiple mornings that aren’t always the common trend and aren’t something we do every day.
To show you what we mean on the other side, we can refer to the following:
- In the morning I always drink tea.
If “drinking tea” is something you do every morning of your life, then “in the morning” is fine as the plural form.
Which Other Prepositions Can Be Used With “Morning”?
There aren’t too many other prepositions we can use with “morning.” “In” and “on” cover almost everything we need. However, there is always “by.”
“By the morning” is another preposition we can use with “morning.” It means that we expect something to happen or someone to complete something by the time that “morning” comes around the next day.
- I need you to complete this for me by the morning.
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