(On) that night...

Bagsensei

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello, everyone.
In describing an event in the past, should I use "on" in the sentence below?
a. On that night, I was very happy.
b. That night I was very happy.

Thanks!
 
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Both are possible; it depends on the exact context. Could you tell us the circumstances and give us one or two of the preceding sentences?
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I can't readily think of a context in which "On that night, I was very happy" would sound idiomatic in BE. :(
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    It was a Thursday night when I got news that my article would be published. On that night, I was very happy.

    Still not happy, Donny? ;) I guess the "on" isn't absolutely necessary.
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    I don't know whether DonnyB would be happy, but I am not, perpend.


    Edit: Oh, he isn't happy either.



    Cross-posted with DonnyB.
     
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    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Maybe the "on" is just for emphasis. It sounds very idiomatic in American English with "on".

    EDIT: Cross-posted with EMP.
     
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