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    Dear Teacher,
    Which day of Joe's timetable do you like best?
    1. I like Friday best.
    2. I like Fridays best.
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    #2
    Both are okay. In my opinion, 2 is slightly the more natural, but this might be a matter of dialect.

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    I would choose 1.

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    What is the difference between the two sentences?
    Which one belongs to American English and which one belongs to Britist English?
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    #5
    There is not an substantive difference. It is a matter of personal preference. I am Amercan; Probus is Canadian.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Delphine View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Which day of Joe's timetable do you like best?
    1. I like Friday best.
    2. I like Fridays best.
    There are factors that affect the answer. If you've just seen Joe's timetable, you'd almost have to say 1. If the timetable is the same every week, even after a few months, I'd still say 1; and if you say 2, you are referring to the days, not to Joe's timetable, in my opinion. If the Fridays differ, 2. is possible, since there are multiple "Fridays" on Joe's timetable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There are factors that affect the answer. If you've just seen Joe's timetable, you'd almost have to say 1. If the timetable is the same every week, even after a few months, I'd still say 1; and if you say 2, you are referring to the days, not to Joe's timetable, in my opinion. If the Fridays differ, 2. is possible, since there are multiple "Fridays" on Joe's timetable.
    Thanks for your explanation. Joe's timetable is a normal school timetable. It is the same every week.
    I also choose 1 as my best answer, but my colleagues insists on choosing 2. They argue that "I like apples." - apples which is also a plural noun.

    Are there any rules or terms that referring to our choice 1?
    Thanks!

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    There are no rules governing this, and either would be acceptable. However, if the schedule were the same every week, then I would still go with Friday. Days on a calendar are not apples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delphine View Post
    Are there any rules or terms that referring to our choice 1?
    Yes, I thought I covered that. We are talking about Joe's timetable. There is, as you say, only one Friday on Joe's table. If a person says he likes the Fridays best, he is talking about days which, admittedly, are structured by Joe's timetable, but which do not occur on Joe's timetable. 2. is only correct if there are multiple Fridays on the timetable - which you deny.
    If I placed a basket in front of you containing an apple, an orange, a banana, and a mango, and asked "Which piece of fruit in this basket would you prefer?", I would expect you to say, "The apple", not "I like apples the best". The latter answer might be correct, but it's not an answer to the question.
    2. The question asks about "which day" (singular). This is a lesser argument, but it does illustrate that the questioner understands the concept, and does not ask "Which days on this timetable do you prefer?" If that were the question, the expected answer might be "Monday and Friday", but not "Fridays".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It was in 5jj's post correcting your typo.
    Ah, I misread your post, since without quoting or your saying whose post you were replying to, I assumed you were claiming that "Yh" occurred in mine - a regrettable side-effect of under-quoting which I had foreseen!

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