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    if today is Tuesday, what does "This sunday" refer to? Should i use past tense or future tense?

    If today is Saturday, what does "Next Sunday" refer to? Does it refer to tomorrow or the day after a week?

    thanks for your help!!

    Another question, if i want to ask about "two pills a day" in sentence "I take two pills a day.", should i say "How often do you take pills?" What's the rate you take pills?, or other expression??

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    Default Re: this sunday

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...xt-sunday.html

    How many pills do you take in a day?

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    [QUOTE=gxiang;496762]if today is Tuesday, what does "This sunday" refer to? Should i use past tense or future tense?
    It could be either.
    This Sunday (= this past Sunday) I went to see my parents.
    This Sunday (= this coming Sunday) I'll go to see my parents.
    But it is more common to say 'On Sunday (I went)(I'll go) to see my parents.'

    If today is Saturday, what does "Next Sunday" refer to? Does it refer to tomorrow or the day after a week?
    It refers to the Sunday 8 days in the future. If you mean tomorrow, say tomorrow.

    thanks for your help!! You're welcome!!

    Another question, if i want to ask about "two pills a day" in sentence "I take two pills a day.", Ask 'How many pills do you take a day?'

    should i say "How often do you take pills?" No, how often and how many can be are two different things, unless you only take one pill each time.
    If you take three pills twice a day, that's only two times a day but six pills a day.

    What's the rate you take pills? QUOTE]

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    Many thanks to bhaisahab and 2006:)

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    Default Re: this sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by gxiang View Post
    if today is Tuesday, what does "This sunday" refer to? Should i use past tense or future tense?

    If today is Saturday, what does "Next Sunday" refer to? Does it refer to tomorrow or the day after a week?
    While 2006 is right, I would advise again using such terms as "next Thursday" if there is still a Thursday to come in that week. If it's Monday, and you say "next Thursday", this is ambiguous.
    Better choices for this week are either "this Thursday" or "Thursday this week" (even better), or "this Thursday, in three days".
    For Thursday next week: "Thursday next week".

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