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If someone asks "What day are you leaving?", would it be grammatically correct to answer with "On the 8th April." for example? Or does it have to be "On Monday."?

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    You can say "on the 8th of April" or "on April 8th" or "on April 8" or "on 8 April" ... and why do you think "on Monday" would be a replacement for any of those? – Robusto May 3 '17 at 19:07
  • I had an English test today and my teacher said that "On the 8th of April." is incorrect. But I don't know how I can prove that it's correct to him. If you can help me by telling exactly why it would be correct, I would love you forever. – Suliman May 3 '17 at 19:12
  • "On the 8th April" is wrong, but "On the 8th of April" is correct. If your teacher literally said that that was incorrect, either there was a misunderstanding, or he doesn't know what he is talking about. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad English teachers out there. – stangdon May 3 '17 at 19:44
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    The 8th April would be in eight years, so that would give urgent meaning to "What day are you leaving?" :-) – fixer1234 May 3 '17 at 21:18
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This is a question of what's technically correct versus what's commonly used.

Common usage:

What day are you leaving? Monday / next Monday / On the 8th of April.

No one really asks "On what date are you leaving?' even though it's technically correct.

Technically correct:

What day are you leaving? Answer should be a day of the week

What date are you leaving on? The 8th of April.

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Often, when people ask the day, it's the day of the week (Monday). When they ask for the date they are looking for the actual date, April 8th, in your example. A simple way to avoid confusion is to give both answers, "Monday, April 8th".

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