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    Default On Saturday versus on a Saturday

    Hi,Is there any difference between 'on Saturday' and 'on a Saturday'?E.g.The government servants are still working on a Saturday.Thanks

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    Default Re: On Saturday versus on a Saturday

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    Yes. "On Saturday" usually references the coming Saturday. "On a Saturday" could mean any Saturday.

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    Default Re: On Saturday versus on a Saturday

    Yes. 'On a Saturday' is habitual or regular; it often has the same sense as 'on Saturdays' or 'every Saturday'.

    Examples:
    On a Saturday I would normally go for a walk.

    On Saturday I will go for a walk.


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    PS This habitual sense is possible without the article:

    My son used to have school on Saturday/on a Saturday/on Saturdays

    But if you use the indefinite article you are referring to a habit or regular practice.
    Last edited by BobK; 03-Nov-2012 at 15:45. Reason: Added PS

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    Default Re: On Saturday versus on a Saturday

    Looks like there are two of these threads

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    Default Re: On Saturday versus on a Saturday

    I've merged these two threads.

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    Default Re: On Saturday versus on a Saturday

    And now the circle is complete

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