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Can you make some sentences with the words "in day" and explain also what it means compared to "in the day"?

I can think of is feet in the day, but why can it be feet in day?

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    even 'feet in the day' sounds too strange to me. If it's not strange, it must be archaic for sure. Waht does it mean?
    – Maulik V
    May 27 '15 at 4:51
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    I can't think of a single example where 'in day' would work May 27 '15 at 8:19
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    @Tetsujin, what does in day mean to you that you can't think of a single example?
    – Joe Kim
    May 30 '15 at 4:07
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    "Can I make some sentences with 'in day'…" No, not one. 'In days' yes, but not 'in day'. 'In days of old when knights were bold…' A quick look at NGRAM mainly seems to give results along the lines of '…children in day care…' & 'differences in day length' which are using it as [I think] a noun phrase. May 30 '15 at 5:35
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    What on earth do you mean by "feet in the day"? There are feet in a yard, and hours in a day, but feet in a day?! Jun 26 '15 at 10:32
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It's possible.

Later in day, more troops are likely to get in.

'back in the day' is an idiom where you have 'in the day' used.

Back in the day, we had an apartment with a swimming pool.

'in the day' (except for its idiomatic use) means the particular day. Rewriting the same example...

Later in the day on Friday, the troops took over the entire city.


However, I see that 'in day' and 'in the day' both are frequently used. I think there's no major difference in that.

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    "Later in day" is not correct.
    – Catija
    May 31 '15 at 6:20
  • no no... I can certainly say, "weather got worse later in day" @Catija
    – Maulik V
    Jun 1 '15 at 4:50
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    Calm down, folks. Though "later in day" is quite rare relative to "later in the day" in both AmE and BrE (~1:600 in AmE, ~1:400 in BrE), it does occur. books.google.com/ngrams/… Jun 26 '15 at 10:27
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    @BrianHitchcock This is not to say that you're incorrect, but I think we should interpret data carefully. The string "later in day" yields fewer than 60 results on Google Books. Many of them are written as shorthand (e.g. Egg on right 65.8; Egg on left 73.9; Reading by A. M. later in day 74.2; Subject matter could be debated later in day on adjournment motion, motion put with reservation -- 8063). I can't see the text of most of the rest, so it's difficult to judge. Jun 26 '15 at 10:47
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    I don't think "later in day" is correct. I agree with @Catija. It doesn't sound right to my ears and will certainly not pass muster in AmE.
    – Noah
    Aug 25 '15 at 8:44

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