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    Default Weekend

    Is there a rule here?

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    Default Re: Weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Willbut
    Is there a rule here?
    The rule is that you can say one or the other but you can't say both (at least not at the same time).

    :wink:

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    'At' is much more common than 'on' in BE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'At' is much more common than 'on' in BE.
    In AE it's the reverse.

    • "We are separated by a common language."
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'At' is much more common than 'on' in BE.
    Well, just for your information, some British English teacher told me otherwise, he said the other way round. ' On ' is more acceptable to British.

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    Google UK pages:
    on the weekend 13,700
    at the weekend 58,300

    It seems that 'at' is the more common form in the UK.

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    Default at vs on

    Here's something funny:

    For BE speakers, the weekend is at the end of the week, and hence the use of the preposition "at".

    For NAE speakers, the weekend is the last two days on the calendar, and hence the use of the preposition "on".

    :D :D

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    Thanks for that, Casiopea- I had no idea why we used these prepositions.

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    Default Re: at vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Here's something funny:

    For BE speakers, the weekend is at the end of the week, and hence the use of the preposition "at".

    For NAE speakers, the weekend is the last two days on the calendar, and hence the use of the preposition "on".

    :D :D
    NAE = Native American English?

    :)

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    Yuppers.

    Casiopea is Canadian

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