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    in a typical weekend

    Hello,

    I read in a coursebook today:
    "Which activities from exercise 4 do you do in a typical weekend?"

    Why is 'in' used here? I must be missing something.

    Thank you.

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Good question. It seems to me that the textbook writer is the one who's missing something. You and I would certainly use on.

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    I've seen:

    in the weekend
    at the weekend
    on the weekend

    This is taken from a website run by guys from Britain:

    What can you do in a weekend? At home you might read the paper or do the laundry. But in London the opportunities for enjoyment stretch into infinity. You can take a roller coaster ride through this capitalís history, heritage and culture. You can explore itsí world-famous buildings and sights. And you can take home some of itsí unquenchable energy and thirst for life when you depart. But if you want to go at your own pace, thatís fine too. A weekend is definitely long enough to soak up the atmosphere on the streets of this incredible, flourishing city. Interested? Then sign up for your stay in a top hotel in the capital of England and the centre of the cultural world.

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Bennevis, I guess the person who wrote that passage meant 'within'. I might be mistaken though, but it doesn't strike me as incorrect. However, the sentence from my coursebook sounds strange to me - I'm not sure the writer meant 'within' here (perhaps of 'typical' preceding the word)

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Bennevis, I guess the person who wrote that passage meant 'within'. I might be mistaken though, but it doesn't strike me as incorrect. However, the sentence from my coursebook sounds strange to me - I'm not sure the writer meant 'within' here (perhaps of 'typical' preceding the word)
    Your course book sentence is fine IMO.

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Your course book sentence is fine IMO.
    Could you explain why, please?

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I've seen:

    in the weekend
    at the weekend
    on the weekend

    This is taken from a website run by guys from Britain:

    What can you do in a weekend? At home you might read the paper or do the laundry. But in London the opportunities for enjoyment stretch into infinity. You can take a roller coaster ride through this capital’s history, heritage and culture. You can explore its’ world-famous buildings and sights. And you can take home some of its’ unquenchable energy and thirst for life when you depart. But if you want to go at your own pace, that’s fine too. A weekend is definitely long enough to soak up the atmosphere on the streets of this incredible, flourishing city. Interested? Then sign up for your stay in a top hotel in the capital of England and the centre of the cultural world.
    I agree with in a weekend in the context of this ad, but as Verona pointed out, it seems to mean within. I didn't mention in my original response that I was answering from an AmE viewpoint. Perhaps a BrE-speaker will provide a different answer.

    Addendum. I hadn't seen bhaisahab's response before posting this; it seems now that this is surely an AmE/BrE difference.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 26-Nov-2011 at 20:04. Reason: addendum

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Could you explain why, please?
    We can do things in a week-end in the same way that we can do things in an hour, a day, a week, etcetera.

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    #9

    Re: in a typical weekend

    I still don't get it, sorry.
    Bhaisahab, do you mean in = within in the example from the book?

    The unit focuses on habits /routines/likes/dislikes and is meant to remind students how to use the present simple. Some of the things mentioned in ex 4 are: go clubbing/go to the theatre/go on a guided tour etc.
    Is "I go clubbing in a typical weekend' an idiomatic sentence?

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    Re: in a typical weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I still don't get it, sorry.
    Bhaisahab, do you mean in = within in the example from the book?

    The unit focuses on habits /routines/likes/dislikes and is meant to remind students how to use the present simple. Some of the things mentioned in ex 4 are: go clubbing/go to the theatre/go on a guided tour etc.
    Is "I go clubbing in a typical weekend' an idiomatic sentence?
    No, it's not, but in that sentence "at" and "on" don't work for me either. I think the problem is with the use of "typical", which I don't find very natural.

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