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    I read the following sentences from NTC's Dictionary of American English Expression:

    1. Are you open on weekends?
    2. Are you open on saturday?

    In sentence 1, they use plural form for weekend. However, in sentence 2 they use singular form for saturday." On saturdays" means every saturday. Could anybody explain to me the meaning of "on saturday" in the above context, please?

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    Default Re: on saturday

    "Are you open on Saturday" usually refers to the next Saturday.

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    Default Re: on saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    "Are you open on Saturday?" usually refers to the next Saturday.
    … and always requires a question mark!

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    Default Re: on saturday

    It also requires a capital S on Saturday.

    Are you open on Saturdays? (usually)
    Are you open on Saturday? (the next one coming up)
    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: on saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It also requires a capital S on Saturday.

    Are you open on Saturdays? (usually)
    Are you open on Saturday? (the next one coming up)
    Thanks Barb_D

    Does "the next one coming up" mean next Saturday?

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    Default Re: on saturday

    The closest Saturday in the future.
    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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