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    on the weekends and on the weekend

    Hi !Teachers:
    I wonder if "every weekend" is the same meaning as " on the weekends".
    Also, I wonder if "on the weekend" means a specific weekend rather than every weekend.
    Could you verify it for me?
    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by WUKEN; 20-Jan-2009 at 03:35.

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    Re: on the weekends and on the weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hi !Teachers:
    I wonder if "every weekend" is the same meaning as " on the weekends".
    Also, I wonder if "on the weekend" means a specific weekend rather than every weekend.
    Could you verify it for me?
    Thanks a lot!
    More or less. In North American usage:

    The phrase "on the weekends" can mean "most or many, not all", and is often shortened to "on weekends" or simply "weekends"

    There is also the obvious phrase "this weekend", i.e. the next one coming or the one just past. "On the weekend" basically means exactly "this weekend". If another weekend farther off in time has been specified, "(on) that weekend" is used.

    I believe "at the weekend(s)" is quite common in British English, but I don't know the subtleties.
    Last edited by abaka; 20-Jan-2009 at 05:02. Reason: added parentheses to "(on) that weekend"

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    Re: on the weekends and on the weekend

    In BrE, 'at the weekend' means a specific weekend; 'at weekends' means weekends in general.

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