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    Which one is correct and common? maybe both?
    a) even / odd days
    b) even-numbered / odd-numbered days

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    Default Re: days

    Context?

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    Default Re: days

    Any context. I want to know which one is correct grammatically.
    For example:
    They go shopping on even / even-numbered days.
    I visit my BF on odd / odd-numbered days.

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    Default Re: days

    Either one, I'd say, though I prefer the ones with "numbered" myself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: days

    Both versions are unnatural in my opnion. We don't normally speak of days being odd/even(-numbered).

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    Default Re: days

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Which one is correct and common? maybe both?
    a) even / odd days
    b) even-numbered / odd-numbered days
    Neither is right unless there is some way to ascribe parity to days. In English, we name days. To me, Monday, say, is neither odd nor even.
    Do you mean dates? They have number. If you mean dates, you could use either.

    But both 'odd' and 'even' have alternative meanings.
    "I had a few odd dates last month."

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    Default Re: days

    I have no problem with "even-numbered days" to mean even-numbered dates. I remember the "gas crisis" of the 70s, when, depending on your license plate number, you could fill up on either even days or odd days. Maybe this is American, but if someone said "I do X on even-numbered days" I'd simply assume he meant the 2nd, the 4th, the 6th, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have no problem with "even-numbered days" to mean even-numbered dates. I remember the "gas crisis" of the 70s, when, depending on your license plate number, you could fill up on either even days or odd days. Maybe this is American, but if someone said "I do X on even-numbered days" I'd simply assume he meant the 2nd, the 4th, the 6th, etc.
    Yes, that's OK, because it occurred within a context in which it was made clear what "even-numbered days" means.
    To me, though, I'd have to ask.

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    Default Re: days

    Now that I read Barb's reply, I see what is meant, and as a native AmE speaker, days can be odd or even, but without the context, I would have said only dates can have this kind of parity.

    Then again, Mondays always do seem a bit odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Then again, Mondays always do seem a bit odd.
    I was going to say to say that even Tuesdays can be odd, but that would be a self-contradiction.

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