1. I messaged you in the morning.
  2. I messaged you in morning.

I am confused which sentence is correct. I think both are correct, but please help me out and tell me which sentence is grammatically correct.

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    FYI, if you said (out loud) "I messaged you in morning", it would likely be misunderstood by a native speaker as "I messaged you in mourning", which means something very different.
    – Nick2253
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 17:23
  • What accent did the speaker use? A Yorkshire accent have have combined "in" and "the" into "int". As in "I message you int morning."
    – DickieBoy
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 18:14
  • In American English, "message" is unlikely to be the verb you want. You might say "I sent you a message" or "I emailed you" or "I texted you", depending on the context.
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 19:57
  • I've frequently heard "messaged" used in American English, albeit primarily within a 17-30 age range and only informally.
    – Sean D
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 4:26

2 Answers 2


Morning needs an article, so your example

I messaged you in the morning.

But since this is past tense, it would be better to write:

I messaged you this morning.

For the future it is OK though:

I will message you in the morning.

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    Note that you'd only use this morning if it were the same day that you messaged the person. in the morning can be used in more situations.
    – Tim S.
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 18:29
  • Being past tense, if you had some other way to indicate the date, in the morning would be okay. For example "I never received the files due on October 18th. I messaged you in the morning as a reminder, but they still never arrived."
    – corsiKa
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 23:15

user3169's answer is very good.

If you heard "in morning" as an expression (i.e. without the article) it's more likely to be in the context of "He/she is in mourning." This meaning is that the person is grieving over (typically) the death of a friend/relative. Clearly a very different meaning.

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