Let's say I did something on February 6. Which preposition do I use with day: in or on. For example:

I did a lot of work on the day.

I did a lot of work in the day.

I feel that the first sentence is correct. But I often hear native English speakers say in the day. The problem is I can't fugure out in what contexts I have to use in the day.


The simplest way to say it is 'that day'.

What did you do on June 1st?

I went to work [on] that day.

You usage of 'on the day' is not exactly correct. If you want to indicate you did something on a specific day, you would specify the day.

On July 6th I went to the store.


On the day of July 6th I went to the store.

I can think of no usage for "in the day". It simply isn't said. If you want to indicate you did something while the sun was in the sky you would say, "in the daytime" or "during the day".

We went to the zoo in the daytime and at night we got dinner.

During the day we went to the zoo.

If you want to combine the date and daytime constructs you would say.

On August 3rd we went to the zoo during the day and out to eat in the evening.


It depends whether you are talking about the date:

I did a lot of work in the garden on the day that you went to London.

...or about a period of time:

I could only be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 6, but I did a lot of work in the day.

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    I am sorry, but I cannot see why you used "in the day" in your last sentence. Could you eleborate on that? – Dmytro O'Hope Feb 8 '20 at 7:22
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    Have you heard the expression "Rome wasn't built in a day"? (If something is worth doing, it's worth taking time to do it properly.) In here means in the time period of a single day. – Kate Bunting Feb 8 '20 at 9:10

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