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    Usage of the term "the weekend"

    Hey

    I had a debate with my wife the other day about how english speakers(well at least americans) use the term "the weekend". Let me give you an example.

    I am a native swedish speaker and I would say:

    "I am happy it is weekend", since that is how it is said in swedish. I say that since I would also say "I am happy it is friday". However, all americans I know say it should be said

    "I am happy it is the weekend", but everyone agrees on that you never say "I am happy it is the friday".

    So, which is it? What is special with the word weekend? Both weekend and friday are nouns as far as I know.

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    /Mathias

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    Re: Usage of the term "the weekend"

    I don't "do" rules (as you may have noticed), but the correct usage is "the weekend."

    Perhaps it has something to do with the difference betwen a proper (capitalized) noun and regular noun. Compare, "I will ask the son of the owner" versus "I will talk to John" and "I am going to the city" compared to "I am going to Chicago." Or "I see the planet" versus "I see Mars."

    It doesn't always work, of course. "Look at the tower!" "Look at the Eiffle Tower!" or
    "I took a cruise on the ship." "I took a cruise on the Serenity."

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    Re: Usage of the term "the weekend"

    "Weekend" is a collective noun and thus takes an indefinite article (just like "the majority" and "the family").

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    Re: Usage of the term "the weekend"

    I knew there had to be a rule there somewhere!

    But then, "the" son, planet, city, tower, ship, Serenity, Eiffel Tower ... none of these are collective nouns.

    But then, neither is "the" an indefinite article.

    That's why I don't do rules.

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