Go to school on Wednesday

Ju

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1. He will go to school on the coming Wednesday.
2. He will go to school on coming Wednesday.
3. He will go to school on Wednesday.

What are the differences among the above sentences?

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The third one has two (2) things going for it. It's the most natural. And it is actually used.
 

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The third one has two (2) things going for it. It's the most natural. And it is actually used.

Are 1 and 2 grammatical if I want to emphasize the date is not next Wednesday?
 

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Are 1 and 2 grammatical if I want to emphasize the date is not next Wednesday?

Well if it's not the coming Wednesday, then you can't say that, can you? However, you might say, for example: a week from Wednesday.
 

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Well if it's not the coming Wednesday, then you can't say that, can you? However, you might say, for example: a week from Wednesday.

You can also say next Wednesday or Wednesday week (Aust & NZ).
 

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Well, if it's Tuesday then next Wednesday could be seen as the next day.
 

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1. He will go to school on the coming Wednesday.
2. He will go to school on coming Wednesday.
3. He will go to school on Wednesday.

Are 1 and 2 grammatical if I want to emphasize the date is not next Wednesday?
Number 1 is grammatical but not natural. Number 2 is ungrammatical.
 

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Since there are 3 sentences we have been discussing, that's why I put "among" instead of "between". Do this rules still exist that I should follow?

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Since there are three sentences we have been discussing, [STRIKE]that's why[/STRIKE] I put "among" instead of "between". Does this rule still exist? [STRIKE]that I should follow[/STRIKE]

Many of the dictionaries here (I haven't time to check them all) mention this usage. For example,

If you must choose between two or more things, you must choose just one of them.

Students will be able to choose between English, French and Russian as their first foreign language.
(Collins)
 
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