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    This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Today is Thursday. In three days it is Sunday.

    Do we say "This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Number 1 and 2 work. If today is Thursday, May 4th, I would understand "next Sunday" to be Sunday, May 14th.

    "Next Xday" is imprecise. We use it frequently, and it's nearly always understood, but its meaning varies depending on how many days it is till the nearest Xday. If today were Monday and you said "next Sunday", I'd ask you whether you meant the nearest upcoming Sunday or the one after that. The safest thing is to use number 1 or 2, or simply say "Sunday".
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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    All three are fine in BrE.
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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    All three are fine in BrE.
    Only the first two are fine. We wouldn't say next Sunday in BrE.

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Only the first two are fine. We wouldn't say next Sunday in BrE.
    Perhaps you wouldn't. I would.
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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

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    All three are fine in BrE.
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    It's interesting how BrE differs from AmE in this context.

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Perhaps you wouldn't. I would.
    I meant I can't think of a situation where either of us would. (It's only three days away.)

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Perhaps you wouldn't. I would.
    Where I live, 'next Sunday' is a common expression.

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    To me, in your case "next Sunday" sounds more like next week and not "this Sunday".

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    Re: This coming Sunday", "This Sunday" or "Next Sunday"?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    To me, in your case "next Sunday" sounds more like next week and not "this Sunday".
    Yes, to me too. I'm sure there's no difference between BrE and AmE on this point.

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