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I encountered a SAT practice question (identifying sentence error):

The radio station received the most number of calls from listeners on the evening it aired a discussion of the musics of Aretha Franklin.

The solution is that 'the most number' is unidiomatic; it should be 'the largest number'. This I understand, but I don't why 'on the evening' is as it is and not 'in the evening'?

Thanks!
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I encountered a SAT practice question (identifying sentence error):

The radio station received the most number of calls from listeners on the evening it aired a discussion of the musics of Aretha Franklin.

The solution is that 'the most number' is unidiomatic; I wouldn't say that it's unidiomatic. I'd say it is incorrect grammar.

it should be 'the largest number'. This I understand, but I don't why 'on the evening' is as it is and not 'in the evening'?

'On the evening (that) . . . ' is idiomatic.
eg on the day (that) . . .
eg on the morning (that) . . .
eg on the Monday (that) . . .

Clive
"In the evening" denotes every evening whereas "on the evening" refers to that particular evening, for example you might say on Sunday evening.
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Thanks! My grandfather just looked up a grammar book and it's just as you've said : )
The show starts at 9: 00 on the evening
That's not correct. Have you read the thread?
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yangsiyu007My grandfather just looked it up in a grammar book, and it's just as you've said.
Maybe he uses the same grammar book that we do. Emotion: smile

CJ