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    Is it okay to say "What does your family usually do on A Sunday?" ???
    Would it be incorrect if I said: "What does your family usually do on Sunday?" with no indefinite article here? I've looked through Swan's PEU and, apparently, there's no mention concerning this, say, grammatical aspect.
    If there is any difference in meaning between these two could anyone explain it to me PLEASE? Thank you in advance!

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    Smile Re: Days of the week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Graver View Post
    Is it okay to say "What does your family usually do on A Sunday?" ???
    Would it be incorrect if I said: "What does your family usually do on Sunday?" with no indefinite article here? I've looked through Swan's PEU and, apparently, there's no mention concerning this, say, grammatical aspect.
    If there is any difference in meaning between these two could anyone explain it to me PLEASE? Thank you in advance!
    Surely you'll find examples that are used interchangeably. However on a Sunday is more appropriate than on Sunday in your initial sentence. Here, on a Sunday means every Sunday or on Sundays, whereas on Sunday refers to the Sunday that has just gone, or the one that is about to come (= this Sunday):

    I spent a few hours at the gym on Sunday (or this Sunday). (past)
    I'll see you on Sunday (or this Sunday). (future)

    You could also say, I'll see you on a Sunday, which means on one Sunday in the future, but not the Sunday that is nearest in time (not this Sunday).

    So if you wanted to say that you were born on a particular day of the week, you would say I was born on a Sunday.


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