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    Hello, everyone
    Please tell me what the following sentences mean. Thank you.

    1.Students don't go to school every Monday.
    a) Sometimes students don't go to school on Monday, but sometimes they do.
    b) Whenever there is a Monday, students don't go to school.

    2.Students don't go to school on Mondays.
    a) Sometimes students don't go to school on Monday, but sometimes they do.
    b) Whenever there is a Monday, students don't go to school.

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    Lisa, what is your thinking on this?

    What do you see as the important difference(s)?
    Would 1 change for you if it were "Every Monday, students don't go to school"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Lisa, what is your thinking on this?

    What do you see as the important difference(s)?
    Would 1 change for you if it were "Every Monday, students don't go to school"?


    Hi, Barb
    I just don't know what exactly Sentence 1 and 2 mean. It puzzles me whether they mean the same or not.

    No. I think " Every Monday, students don't go to school" means the same as " Students don't go to school every Monday."

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    Re: every

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello, everyone
    Please tell me what the following sentences mean. Thank you.

    1.Students don't go to school every Monday.
    a) Sometimes students don't go to school on Monday, but sometimes they do.
    b) Whenever there is a Monday, students don't go to school.

    2.Students don't go to school on Mondays.
    a) Sometimes students don't go to school on Monday, but sometimes they do.
    b) Whenever there is a Monday, students don't go to school.
    Okay, with 1, it COULD mean either one, but my first guess would be a.
    But if you move "Every Monday" to the front, you have take it away from the negation.
    "They don't go every Monday" is ambiguous. It could mean they never go on Mondays or it could mean some Mondays, but not all.
    But "Every Monday, they don't go" you start with the idea that something happens (in this case, doesn't happen) every single Monday. On every Monday, they don't go. On no Mondays do they go.

    There is no ambiguity with 2. On Mondays, they don't go. Ever.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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