Is it okay to say, “Every day they have wada and dosa during the midday?”



We know when we say `midday’, we mean 12 o’clock in the afternoon. Since we are referring to a specific time in the afternoon, we should use `at’ and not `during’.

 

We should say, “They have wada and dosai” at midday. If you would like to use `during’, then use `middle’ rather than `midday’.

 

*The clerk told us that the forms would be distributed at midday. *You’d better take a cap. It gets really hot during the middle of the day.

 

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, February 27, 2006

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