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    Preposition question

    Are both of the following sentences correct? If they are both correct, do they have different meanings? Thank you.

    Are you free on the week of April 23?
    Are you free for the week of April 23?

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    Re: Preposition question

    How about: Are you free the week of April 23?

    If forced to use a preposition, "during" might be a choice as well. "For" is OK. I wouldn't use "on."

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    Re: Preposition question

    I take '
    Are you free for the week of April 23?' to mean 'Are you free for the entire week. . .?' not just 'Have you some free time during that week?'

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    Re: Preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by chanbr View Post
    Are both of the following sentences correct? If they are both correct, do they have different meanings? Thank you.

    Are you free on the week of April 23?
    Are you free for the week of April 23?
    I wouldn't use "on" at all.
    Are you free for the week of April 23rd? = Are you free the whole week?
    Are you free during the week of April 23rd? = Are you free at any time during that week?

    You also need to check what you mean by "the week of April 23rd". Is that the week which starts on April 23rd? The week which ends on April 23rd? The week which contains April 23rd?

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    Re: Preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wouldn't use "on" at all.
    Are you free for the week of April 23rd? = Are you free the whole week?
    Are you free during the week of April 23rd? = Are you free at any time during that week?

    You also need to check what you mean by "the week of April 23rd". Is that the week which starts on April 23rd? The week which ends on April 23rd? The week which contains April 23rd?
    Normally, "the week of" names the Monday that starts the week.

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    Re: Preposition question

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Normally, "the week of" names the Monday that starts the week.
    Normally, yes, but in my previous job, a week ran from Sunday to Saturday, because we were a seven days a week operation, with a shift pattern which started on a Sunday. Consequently, after 20 years in that job, even though I don't do it any more, I still expect a week to start on a Sunday.

    As long as the speaker and the listener have the same terms of reference as each other, there will be no misunderstanding.

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