I read this in a text book:

My test is on 22th of June.

I saw this in a YouTube tutorial:

My test is at 22th of June.

Which sentence uses the right preposition?

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    First one. and I prefer you say on the 22nd of June - notice the the and the nd ending of the 22nd – mplungjan Mar 30 '13 at 8:51
  • @mplungjan Essentially perfect answer. "At" in this case is about as fundamentally wrong as can be. OP, take note of the correction to "22nd," too, not "22th." – John M. Landsberg Mar 30 '13 at 8:55
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    Usage of at/in/on fits in a metaphoric frame, as described here. – John Lawler Mar 30 '13 at 15:40
  • Since when does Youtube trump text-books re:English language? - That's the important question here. – user43251 Aug 29 '14 at 10:01

A variation of your first sentence:

My test is on the 22nd of June.

Although you may write on June 22, 2013, in a conversation I would say on the 22nd of June - notice the the and the nd ending of the 22nd. Alternatively you can say on June 22nd.

More here In, At, On + Time or Date

  • in + month or year - in March, in 2013
  • on + date (with the year or without it) or day of the week - on April 2, on March 3, 2014, on Saturday
  • at + clock time, midnight, noon - at 3:30 p.m., at 4:01, at noon

Remember also...

  • in + season - in the summer, in the winter
  • in + morning, afternoon, evening - in the morning, in the evening
  • at + night - at night
  • ...or 22nd June (without the and of). – DavidR Mar 30 '13 at 10:40
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    Then I would say on June 22nd – mplungjan Mar 30 '13 at 10:47
  • ... which differs between AE and BE. – Mr Lister Mar 30 '13 at 14:44
  • Which do which? Impossible to do a proper nGram on this. Tried with 1st of April, April 1st and 1st April... – mplungjan Mar 30 '13 at 16:48
  • @mplungjan BrE generally uses day-month-year: 22nd [of] June as in your first example. – TrevorD Oct 17 '13 at 14:00

A precise date always takes “on”

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