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Sexy, let’s go to AC for the whole night this or the following Friday night. We can leave around 8-9 pm and come back in early am.

Is this correct?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

I've heard it used as "in the early am". But it really isn't that much longer to use the much less awkward "early in the morning".

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thanks, though it took me a minute to decipher your comment-- it's rather convoluted. – Anderson Silva Nov 17 '10 at 21:15
@vehomzzz: sorry! What I meant was I have heard it used as "We can ... come back in the early am", but I much prefer something like "We can ... come back early in the morning." – Marthaª Nov 17 '10 at 21:52

In casual conversation (and since they called you sexy, I'll assume this is pretty casual), am (or a.m.) is used to mean morning.

So yes, this is correct.

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By yes, you imply that I am only missing the article. And as previous poster suggested, it should be "in the early am" – Anderson Silva Nov 17 '10 at 21:17

I agree with other posters - "a.m." can be used, jocularly, as an exact substitute for "morning". So if you want to use it like this, check that your sentence still sounds right if you swap out "a.m." and swap in "morning".

It's all very slangy of course :D

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