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I've noticed that on many American TV shows, the speakers generally don't use the word "on" before names of days or before dates. For example: I'll see you Monday.

Shouldn't it be:

  • I'll see you on Monday?

  • The movie is coming out June 14th.

Is this usage exclusive to American English or this grammatically correct in British English as well?

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  • In the UK, your second example would usually be: the film is coming out on the 14th of June. Dates in the UK are usually day, month and year.
    – Tristan r
    Feb 18, 2014 at 20:10

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The drop of "on" is usual in British English too. Alexander, Longman English Grammar, § 8.12 says: In everyday speech "on" is often omitted: - I'll see you Friday. - See you June 21st.

One can say it is a general tendency of English that you can drop prepositions as long as the meaning remains clear.

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    And related to this, we can also say "throw something out the window" instead of "throw something out of the window". So, yeah, there's been a tendency to drop SOME prepositons when the meaning's clear.
    – Louel
    Feb 16, 2014 at 8:47
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    This is typical of AmEnglish. In BrEnglish "to look out of the window" is still preferred.
    – rogermue
    Feb 16, 2014 at 8:50
  • But AmE seems to have more of a liking for 'inside of' than BrE. Feb 16, 2014 at 16:36
  • Likewise off of vs. off.
    – choster
    Feb 18, 2014 at 20:14
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Omitting "on" is usual, using it is correct.

See you Friday - is usual

See you on Friday - is the correct way to go

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