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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:27:51 AM
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On May 11 afternoon one of the two buses which was ferrying the group hit a road kerb, and the impact jerked the 20 student passengers in the bus off their seats,” SMU said in a media statement on Monday.

"The injuries sustained by the 20 affected students range from bruises and abrasions, to more seriously, a wrist fracture, a leg fracture and a neck injury."

Shouldn't it be "In the afternoon of May 11" instead?

Thanks.


Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/smu-students-injured-in-vietnam-bus-accident-11528244
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:58:55 AM

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Commonly stated as "on the afternoon of...". In this neck of the woods.
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 11:21:42 AM

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... and most other necks!

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 12:47:51 PM
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Thanks, Wilmar and towan.
NKM
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 12:55:21 PM

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But the spelling of "kerb" (instead of "curb") suggests that perhaps we shouldn't be quick to judge by the rules of our (American) neck of the woods.

Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 1:36:04 PM
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Thanks, NKM.

Could you please elaborate on your reply?
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 5:43:23 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
On May 11 afternoon one of the two buses which was ferrying the group hit a road kerb, and the impact jerked the 20 student passengers in the bus off their seats,” SMU said in a media statement on Monday.

"The injuries sustained by the 20 affected students range from bruises and abrasions, to more seriously, a wrist fracture, a leg fracture and a neck injury."

Shouldn't it be "In the afternoon of May 11" instead?

Thanks.


Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/smu-students-injured-in-vietnam-bus-accident-11528244


The information conveyed by 'On May 11 afternoon...' and by 'In the afternoon of May 11...' is substantially similar. The same information could be conveyed using 'During the afternoon of May 11...' No reader would be inconvenienced by confusion concerning when (what part of the day) the accident occurred.

Other than writers' need to conform to the style prescribed by their employers or clients, there is no particularly good reason to favor one of these forms over the others.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:47:49 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Thanks, NKM.

Could you please elaborate on your reply?

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It's just that the word "curb" (American spelling) is spelled "kerb" by the British. My point was that we (Americans) shouldn't jump to conclusions as to the usage conventions of the (presumably Asian) author.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:41:57 PM

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Hi!

I - as a member of the British persuasion - would use either one, but (like Orson) I would probably base it on which noun came first in the sentence ('afternoon' or 'the eleventh of May'). the preposition is usually controlled by the following noun.
On Saturday
On a day in May
In the afternoon
In the morning
At ten-o'-clock

Fully, fully written out, it could be:
“On the eleventh of May, in the afternoon, one of the two buses which was ferrying the group hit a road kerb, and the impact jerked the 20 student passengers in the bus off their seats.”
OR
“In the afternoon of the eleventh of May, one of the two buses which was ferrying the group hit a road kerb, and the impact jerked the 20 student passengers in the bus off their seats.”

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