Should I say either 'I am born on Tuesday' or 'I am born on a Tuesday'? Which one is correct?


Both are grammatically correct and either can be used, but should be in the past tense.

Google ngrams suggests that both are used.

Kwabena [is the] (soul-)name of a male born on a Tuesday.

Certainly one born on Tuesday could not do better than to unite with one born on Wednesday. Expect sparks to fly from this!

With a specific date, don't use "a":

He was born on Tuesday the 2nd March 1852

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    ngrams wouldn't differentiate between use-case. I'm worried that "Mr & Mrs Smith have a new baby boy, born on Tuesday" etc is going to skew the results. – gone fishin' again. Jun 14 '18 at 8:33
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    See the examples. Both are acceptable. You can use the searches at the bottom of the graph to confirm this. – James K Jun 14 '18 at 8:37
  • I'm still worried about skewed results. "He was born on Tuesday the 3rd March 1852" is going to be in a lot of those examples, compared to "He was born on a Tuesday in late December" – gone fishin' again. Jun 14 '18 at 8:50
  • That is a more reasonable objection. I shall edit. (except that the 3rd March 1852 was Wednesday.) – James K Jun 14 '18 at 8:53

Many British native speakers would interpret "I was born on Tuesday" to mean "I was born last Tuesday", so "on a [day]" would avoid ambiguity.

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    British speakers may be precocious compared to Americans, but very few of us can speak that well after one week! – James K Jun 14 '18 at 8:25
  • @JamesK I agree, but I think there's some truth in this ell.stackexchange.com/a/79103/3395, and I would interpret it the same way, at least for a split second (I'm not a native speaker, though). Ha, there's a duplicate over on ELU: english.stackexchange.com/questions/272809/… (see the top-voted answer). – userr2684291 Jun 14 '18 at 8:30
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    "on a Tuesday" would avoid ambiguity - one of many Tuesdays, as opposed to last week. – gone fishin' again. Jun 14 '18 at 8:31
  • Perhaps but actual usage tends to disagree. Both are possible with the version without the article being about twice as common. See the ngrams link in my answer. I also think you have made a typo in your answer and you mean " 'a' would avoid ambigutity". – James K Jun 14 '18 at 8:36
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    American usage also -- the new baby was born Thursday, but I was born (many years ago) on a Thursday. – arp Jun 14 '18 at 9:19

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