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    Exclamation He often goes there on sunday

    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me if this sentence can be right or not?
    ( He often goes there on sunday )
    I read it in one of the grammer books and I asked my teachers about it,all of them said it should be sundays not sunday!So is this sentence right or we should add (s) to it?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Default Re: He often goes there on sunday

    It's right- in fact, I don't like the use of the plural with the word 'often' here.

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    Exclamation Re: He often goes there on sunday

    Thanks tdol, but would you please describe it more?Why it should be without (s)?

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    Default Re: He often goes there on sunday

    I'm not saying it's wrong, but the use of the adverb presupposes the repetition, so the plural doesn't seem necessary to me.

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    Default Re: He often goes there on sunday

    He often goes there on sunday
    In my opinion, it would be better to write it as, "He often goes there on a Sunday." or "He often goes there on Sundays."

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    Exclamation Re: He often goes there on sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by Temico
    In my opinion, it would be better to write it as, "He often goes there on a Sunday." or "He often goes there on Sundays."

    Well thanks, now about the meaning.Does it going to chage the meaning or not?I mean these two sentences are the same?

    1)He often goes there on sundays
    2)He often goes there on a sunday.

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    Smile Re: He often goes there on sunday

    Here is what the Michael Swan says in his book “Practical English Usage—Second Edition” page 81.

    3. days: on
    I’ll ring you on Tuesday.
    My birthday’s on March 21st.
    They’re having a party on Christmas Day.
    In an informal style we sometimes leave out on. This is especially common in American English.
    I’m seeing her Sunday morning.
    Note the use of plurals (Sundays, Mondays etc) when we talk about repeated actions.
    We usually go and see Granny on Sundays.


    And I also did a quick surfing on the Internet. It seems that the number of people using “ …often …on Sunday” (11,000) is quite close to the number of people using “… often … on Sundays” (12,000), but the number of people using “… often …on a Sunday” (502) is much less than the other two numbers.
    Last edited by sula54; 08-Oct-2005 at 08:51.

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    Exclamation Re: He often goes there on sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by sula54
    Note the use of plurals (Sundays, Mondays etc) when we talk about repeated actions.
    We usually go and see Granny on Sundays.
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    So according to a grammer book,when we are talking about repeated actions we should use (s) at the end of the days of the week,am I right?Then why some said this one( He often goes there on sunday )is right? because (often) in this sentence shows the repeatition?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Default Re: He often goes there on sunday

    1)He often goes there on sundays
    2)He often goes there on a sunday.
    1)He goes there on Sundays = He goes there each Sunday.
    2)He often goes there on Sundays= He may go on other days of the week, but it is usually on Sundays
    2)He often goes there on a Sunday. = He may go there on a Monday or a Tuesday or a.., but it is usually on a Sunday
    Last edited by Temico; 08-Oct-2005 at 15:01.

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    Exclamation Re: He often goes there on sunday

    Thanks Temico my dear teacher,
    Now would you please tell me whether you accept this sentence ( He often goes there on sunday )from a grammer book or not?
    According to what you said I guess the meaning of this sentence is close to the one you mentioned.( He often goes there on a Sunday. = He may go there on a Monday or a Tuesday or a.., but it is usually on a Sunday )

    Thanks in advance,

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