"It was an April afternoon. And the warm breezes of approaching summer had sent everyone, including Grandfather, indoors".

The above sentences are from the story 'Adventures in a Banyan Tree' by the Indian English writer Ruskin Bond. (The context of the story is a school boy's summer vacation excitements and experiences, which he narrates after the vacation. The summer vacation falls in April and May)

Based on these sentences, a question for editing came in an examination. But in the question, they used only "April" instead of "April afternoon" as shown below:

"It was (a) at April. The warm breeze of the approaching summer (b) have sent everyone indoors including grandfather".

Now my question is about the answer to (a): can it be an as in the actual sentence in the story?


Should it be in, the preposition before the name of a month?


1 Answer 1


"An" is associated with the noun "afternoon", with April modifying it as an adjective. It was an afternoon in April; an April afternoon.

If we were just referring to April generally, "it was April" would be correct, as we are not referring to a particular time within that month.

  • It was an afternoon in April; an April afternoon. It's okay. What about it was in April as in "It was in April (a strange thing happened)" ? Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 12:09
  • It was in April when / that a strange thing happened. Or, reversed, a strange thing happened in April. Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 23:33

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