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Today morning?

Haven’t we all said “tomorrow morning” or “tomorrow evening” in a conversation at some point in time? What a strange question you might feel. Of course we have. So why ask?

Well, as you probably guessed already, somewhere there, lies a trap. This month, we shall take a look at another mistake we make so often and probably never even realise.

The thing is that although saying “tomorrow morning” or “tomorrow evening” is perfectly acceptable, saying “today morning” or “today evening” isn’t. Considering how saying “आज सुबह” or “आज शाम” will not be incorrect in most Indian languages, it is no surprise that “today morning” or “today evening” doesn’t sound wrong.

Then there is also that bit that relates to the idiomatic expression (simply put, expressions that are natural to a native speaker). Although both ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ are adjectives that can be used to qualify the nouns ‘morning’ or ‘evening’, it is not commonly used by native speakers and might sound odd.

On a subtler note, when referring to times closest to now, native speakers tend to use ‘this’ more than ‘today’. The long and short of it is that you would integrate better with Western speakers should you say “this morning” or “this evening”.

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Sandeep Nulkar Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to bring credibility and recognition to the Indian translator within and outside India.