Poll: It is Thursday today; when is next weekend?

It is Thursday today; when is next weekend?

The day after tomorrow.
In eight days' time.

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  • Added: August 2007

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Vidableek

"Today is wednesday, next friday we will be going to the beach." The question is - Is this person trying to say that we will go to the beach in 2 days or in 9 days? I have always used "next friday" and "this friday" as exactly the same thing. Although I have heard many people say that the word "next" implies that you are refering to the one after the closest one, and that you use "this" for the closest one.

This has been argued about for quite a while now and I'm not sure which is correct.

lori

I don't know if one is correct or incorrect, but the more important thing is what do people understand it to be. I have had this problem a lot lately -- to me next week or next weekend implies the week or the weekend AFTER this coming one ... otherwise why would you both using the word "next." But honestly I've had a lot of confusing communications regarding this recently, and I may have to start being more aware of this.

However, I always make sure to mention the actual date in question, such as next Thursday, August 28th -- but people recently have just disregarded the date and assumed I meant the date they were thinking about, not the date I said ...

Vidableek

This was on Seinfeld once.

I have always used "next" and "this" Friday as meaning the same day. It makes sense because when you say "Next Friday", you mean the next Friday that is coming up, the next Friday to happen. If someone means to indicate the Friday of next week, they should say so. i.e. "The Friday after next", "A week from Friday", or "Friday, next week". Or all this mess could easily be avoided simply by saying the date you mean.

mohammed

thank you

perliysie

its so confusing, literally.. i think 'next weekend' would mean the one closest to the current date, but because we more often say 'this weekend', i think, that people are refering to the weekend after next when they say 'next weekend'. we'lll i hope so because i just sent a text assuming that the person meant the weekend after next when tey said next friday lol. thats why i came here.

jeannie

The "next weekend" is the one following the day on which you are speaking. So if it's Tuesday, and you say, ... next weekend ..." then it'll be here in 4 days (depending on how late it is on Tuesday and whether you count Friday as the weekend.) The following one is "the weekend after next."
When you're standing in line, waiting to be served, and they call out, "Next?" they're not talking about the second guy in line.

Don

All I can say is: "What did you do this weekend?"

susie

I usually say "this coming Friday" and "this past weekend". And that's what I teach. Works for me!

Nebbie

To me, "this <day,weekend>" means the one in the current Sunday-Saturday span, while "next <day,weekend>" is the one in the next Sunday-Saturday span. Unfortunately, many people seem to use next and neglect to use the this form.

Alina

if it's thursday you should say "this friday" or "friday next week". you should use "next friday" - only when it is friday now. So then there is no confusion.

shirley

When the word next is used it is referring to what ever is coming after. e.g next weekend which will mean the weekend after the coming weekend. If today is Wednesday, the next Weekend will be in 10 days

HK

next/nekst/
Adjective:
(of a time or season) Coming immediately after the time of writing or speaking: "next week's parade".
Adverb:
On the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterward: "wondering what would happen next".

Read the definition.

andy

interesting, I choose the first one

Nick B

This passed weekend: the most recent weekend that already happened.
This weekend: The weekend that is about to happen.
Next weekend: The weekend after "This weekend"

Lee

The definition says; adjective adverb following immediately after the present or previous one. So that means it has to be compared to something, that would be the previous (past weekend) So if it is Wednesday next weekend would be in 2 or 3 days! Having this debate with my Son, that is what brought me here. If you say, she lives Next door” that would imply the closest to me not 2 doors away. Some people say can you please turn the air-conditioning down it's freezing in here... but they usually mean turn the thermostat up because it is too cold. Also I think that the confusion may have to do with the Creativity of a person and how politically correct they are or how detailed. This is Funny how we are confused on this subject "Next weekend" in our English Language.

Peter Mountain

I agree with this coming weekend and then the weekend of (dates) but etymologyically it was nigh nearer next so except for usage there would be no confusion--next would mean the coming weekend.

Pix

I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing this weekend, next weekend I'm not sure yet.

Bette

If the week starts on a Sunday and you say next FRIDAY then it would be a week from this coming Friday.

Mzamba Slim

You should avoid 'next' xday unless x = tomorrow. I.e., if today is Thursday it would be ridiculous to assume 'next Friday' meant tomorrow. 'On' rather than 'next' or 'this' clearly refers to the upcoming day. Thereafter, refer to the xday after next, unless x = tomorrow.

Now I'm confused.

Gary Slemaker

Next weekend would be the one coming up on Saturday. Next day means tomorrow. next week means the week starting on the coming Sunday since calendars start new weeks on Sunday.

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