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Making Sense of Grammar
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头(tóu)一(yì)天(tiān) is the first day of the certain period of time while 前(qián)一(yì)天(tiān) is a day before the reference. For example,

考试的头一天他很紧张

Kǎoshì   de      tóuyìtiān             tā           hěn                 jǐnzhāng

Exam              the first day         he  evaluative marker   nervous

He was very nervous during the first day of the exam.

考试的前一天他很紧张

Kǎoshì      de        qiányìtiān    tā             hěn             jǐnzhāng

Exam                a day before   he  evaluative marker   nervous

He was nervous the day before the exam.
answered Nov 9, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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