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    #1

    Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    In a letter or in a conversation is it correct to ask: What are you going to do with your friend on weekend? Does it sound awkward?
    Meaning you and your friend.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    "What are you and your friend doing/going to do in the weekend?" sounds more natural to me.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    "What are you and your friend doing/going to do in the weekend?" sounds more natural to me.

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    "In the weekend" is not idiomatic as far as I know.

    What are you and your friend doing/going to do on the weekend? (AmE)

    What are you and your friend doing/going to do at the weekend? (BrE)

    What are you and your friend doing/going to do this weekend? (AmE & BrE)

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    #4

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    What are you and your friend doing/going to do on the weekend? (AmE)

    What are you and your friend doing/going to do at the weekend? (BrE)

    What are you and your friend doing/going to do this the weekend?
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    #5

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    COCA says yes.
    If you read the 45 'in the weekend' citations, you'll see that none are similar to the 'on/at the weekend' sentence we have here.

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    #6

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    NOT A TEACHER

    Also:

    What are you and your friend going to do over the weekend?
    What are you and your friend doing over the weekend?

    These two refer to habitual, repeated actions:

    What are you and your friend doing at weekends?
    What are you and your friend doing on weekends?

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    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If you read the 45 'in the weekend' citations, you'll see that none are similar to the 'on/at the weekend' sentence we have here.
    It seems I was just too elated to have found them. After looking at them more slowly, I must apologize (yet again) for my blunt (yet again, again) mistake.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    After looking at them more slowly, I must apologize (yet again) for my blunt (yet again, again) mistake.
    Don't worry; I have done the same. It is a warning to us all who use COCA, BNC and (especially) Google search that we sometimes have to check on the actual words, not just rely on the raw figures.

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    #9

    Re: Word order and meaning in a question like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    Also:

    What are you and your friend going to do over the weekend?
    What are you and your friend doing over the weekend?

    These two refer to habitual, repeated actions:

    What are you and your friend doing at weekends?
    What are you and your friend doing on weekends?
    For repeat, habitual actions, I would use:

    What do you and your friend do/on at weekends?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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