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    #1

    Better way to specify time, please.

    I will have to work on Friday night, Saturday morning, afternood and night and Sunday morning and afternoon.

    This sentence seems to be such a horrible one to me. What would you put here, if you are asked to specify the exact time you will have to work.

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    Re: Better way to specify time, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    I will have to work on Friday night, Saturday morning, afternood and night and Sunday morning and afternoon.

    This sentence seems to be such a horrible one to me. What would you put here, if you are asked to specify the exact time you will have to work.

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    Richard
    Unfortunately as there are no similarities between the times that you will have to work on each day, I can't see any way to shorten it.

    I have to work Friday night, Saturday morning, afternoon and night, and Sunday morning and afternoon.

    The use of commas at least breaks the sentence up into its sections so if it's said aloud, there would be breathing space and it would be easy to understand.

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    Re: Better way to specify time, please.

    The sentence implies to me that you will be working consecutive shifts. If so, you could say that youŽll have to work "from Friday night through Sunday afternoon."

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    Re: Better way to specify time, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    The sentence implies to me that you will be working consecutive shifts. If so, you could say that youŽll have to work "from Friday night through Sunday afternoon."
    I also thought it sounded like a very hard stretch of shifts!!! When on earth will the OP sleep?!

    Note: "from ... through ..." works in AmE but we don't use "through" in BrE.

    I will have to work from Friday night until Sunday afternoon.

    The only problem with that is that it could potentially be taken to mean that they will stop working after the morning shift on Sunday (will stop working at the beginning of Sunday afternoon).

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    Re: Better way to specify time, please.

    Just a thought, but why not give the hours that you are working? From 8 AM till 11 PM or whatever.

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    Re: Better way to specify time, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Just a thought, but why not give the hours that you are working? From 8 AM till 11 PM or whatever.
    You took the words out of my mouth (or my keyboard!)

    I have to work from 7pm on Friday right through until 4pm on Sunday.

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