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    arjitsharma is offline Member
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    On a weekend.

    I would like to know about the use of "on a weekend". Are "on a weekend" and " on the weekend" the same meaning."I would like to go out on a weekend" I saw this sentence in a dictionary but I would like to be understood the word " on a weekend".Thanks inadvance.

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    Re: On a weekend.

    I guess the idea is not a specific weekend, but many in general.

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    Re: On a weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    "I would like to go out on a weekend"
    Are you sure you saw this in a dictionary? It's not a good example.

    If you say on a weekend, it means every weekend. (In BrE we normally say at weekends. There are other ways but I don't want to confuse the issue right now.)

    The sentence above is not a good example because of I would like, which suggests one specific weekend, not every weekend.

    So, you could either say

    I like going out on a weekend. [weekends in general]

    or

    I would like to go out at the weekend. [one specific weekend]

    This is a confusing point so I have tried to make it simple. I hope my answer is clear. Also, there are some differences in varieties of English other than BrE.

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    Re: On a weekend.

    In AE, I don't think we use "at the weekend" at all. We use "on the weekend".

    I like to go out on the weekend (weekends in general).

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    Re: On a weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    I saw this sentence in a dictionary ...
    Which dictionary?

    Always name your source when quoting text, please.

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