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Suppose it is September 1st, Friday. If you say "Let's meet next Sunday", does it mean you will meet two days later, that is September 3rd? Or 10th?
I know, say, "next Friday" could mean two things, the coming Friday or on Friday next week. But logically thinking, Sunday is the first day of the next week and so it seems "next Sunday" in the above case would fall on September 3rd in either sense.
Please give me advice soon.
Thank you for your help
Last edited by englishstudent; 06-Sep-2006 at 15:16.
I think if (on Friday, September 1st) you ask 15 native speakers when exactly "next Sunday" is, 5 will tell you September 10th, 5 will tell you September 3rd, and 5 will tell you they don't know.
I myself would tend toward September 10th because September 3rd could also be "the day after tomorrow" or "this coming Sunday" or simply "on Sunday".
Your best bet is: always clarify.
Last edited by Philly; 06-Sep-2006 at 15:30. Reason: addition
Thank you three for your explanations.
Now I think I understand it.
To clarify exactly when, that's the best way, isn't it?
To the question englishstudent asked me:
I would say "kondo no nichiyoubi." Because "rai(shu)" could mean in two ways, like "next" in English. "Kondo" only has the meaning of "this coming..."
You can also say "mikka no nichiyoubi", but I don't say that way very often, because I'm not always sure about the date.