Poll: It is Thursday today; when is next weekend?

The day after tomorrow.
34.74 % (5902)
In eight days' time.
65.26 % (11086)
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  • Votes: 16,988
  • Comments: 40
  • Added: August 2007



"Today is wednesday, next friday we will be going to the beach." The question is - Is this person trying to say that we will go to the beach in 2 days or in 9 days? I have always used "next friday" and "this friday" as exactly the same thing. Although I have heard many people say that the word "next" implies that you are refering to the one after the closest one, and that you use "this" for the closest one.

This has been argued about for quite a while now and I'm not sure which is correct.


I don't know if one is correct or incorrect, but the more important thing is what do people understand it to be. I have had this problem a lot lately -- to me next week or next weekend implies the week or the weekend AFTER this coming one ... otherwise why would you both using the word "next." But honestly I've had a lot of confusing communications regarding this recently, and I may have to start being more aware of this.

However, I always make sure to mention the actual date in question, such as next Thursday, August 28th -- but people recently have just disregarded the date and assumed I meant the date they were thinking about, not the date I said ...


This was on Seinfeld once.

I have always used "next" and "this" Friday as meaning the same day. It makes sense because when you say "Next Friday", you mean the next Friday that is coming up, the next Friday to happen. If someone means to indicate the Friday of next week, they should say so. i.e. "The Friday after next", "A week from Friday", or "Friday, next week". Or all this mess could easily be avoided simply by saying the date you mean.


thank you


its so confusing, literally.. i think 'next weekend' would mean the one closest to the current date, but because we more often say 'this weekend', i think, that people are refering to the weekend after next when they say 'next weekend'. we'lll i hope so because i just sent a text assuming that the person meant the weekend after next when tey said next friday lol. thats why i came here.


The "next weekend" is the one following the day on which you are speaking. So if it's Tuesday, and you say, ... next weekend ..." then it'll be here in 4 days (depending on how late it is on Tuesday and whether you count Friday as the weekend.) The following one is "the weekend after next."
When you're standing in line, waiting to be served, and they call out, "Next?" they're not talking about the second guy in line.


All I can say is: "What did you do this weekend?"


I usually say "this coming Friday" and "this past weekend". And that's what I teach. Works for me!


To me, "this <day,weekend>" means the one in the current Sunday-Saturday span, while "next <day,weekend>" is the one in the next Sunday-Saturday span. Unfortunately, many people seem to use next and neglect to use the this form.


if it's thursday you should say "this friday" or "friday next week". you should use "next friday" - only when it is friday now. So then there is no confusion.


When the word next is used it is referring to what ever is coming after. e.g next weekend which will mean the weekend after the coming weekend. If today is Wednesday, the next Weekend will be in 10 days


(of a time or season) Coming immediately after the time of writing or speaking: "next week's parade".
On the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterward: "wondering what would happen next".

Read the definition.


interesting, I choose the first one

Nick B

This passed weekend: the most recent weekend that already happened.
This weekend: The weekend that is about to happen.
Next weekend: The weekend after "This weekend"


Peter Mountain

I agree with this coming weekend and then the weekend of (dates) but etymologyically it was nigh nearer next so except for usage there would be no confusion--next would mean the coming weekend.


I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing this weekend, next weekend I'm not sure yet.


If the week starts on a Sunday and you say next FRIDAY then it would be a week from this coming Friday.

Mzamba Slim

You should avoid 'next' xday unless x = tomorrow. I.e., if today is Thursday it would be ridiculous to assume 'next Friday' meant tomorrow. 'On' rather than 'next' or 'this' clearly refers to the upcoming day. Thereafter, refer to the xday after next, unless x = tomorrow.

Now I'm confused.

Gary Slemaker

Next weekend would be the one coming up on Saturday. Next day means tomorrow. next week means the week starting on the coming Sunday since calendars start new weeks on Sunday.


Yep - about 37% of people are stupid.


We have had soooo many heated arguments about this in my house. My 17 year old son and my girlfriend (39) both seem to think that next actually means the one after next for some reason. They say it's an age thing, as I'm 57. We will never ever agree.


I'm in the 38%, so tell me when is "weekend after next". Next being the key word are we looking at 15 days now?


Next weekend is the weekend that comes next


I think where it gets confused is if people think of the weekend as it's own entity vs the whole week including the weekend as one entity. Next weekend to people that think of the weekend as it's own entity, is the first upcoming weekend time will hit. If you think the other way, the weekend is the ending of a week, the week days and the weekend are a whole. Next weekend would mean the week ending of the week being referred to, so next refers to next week. Next means the one after what it is you are referring to.

The weekend belongs to a week. If the week has already started, "next weekend" would be the ending of the following week, "next" being key, referring to next week's week end. To refer to the weekend of the week you are in you should say "this weekend", "this" meaning this week we are currently in.

The weekend is the ending of a week, "next" is an adjective meaning coming immediately after, it is describing the noun which is the weekend. Therefore "next weekend" is referring to the ending of a week coming immediately after this week.


I am Australian, and if today Thursday next weekend will commence in 2 days. I just had a discussion with an NZer who use 'next weekend' for the weekend in 9 days. I am wondering if it is different on your country of origin?


If you think about it, although very often used, and probably accepted as correct, saying “this weekend” doesn’t really make a lot of sense, unless the person is referring to a weekend that was previously stated.
For example, if I said “this book”, you’d wonder which book I am referring to. It is, or at least should be, a similar case with simply saying “this weekend”.
However, it is mainly understood that whenever people mention “this weekend” they are referring to the upcoming, or the “next” weekend.
So, since Thursday is typically not yet considered a weekend day, if it is Thursday, and someone says “next Thursday”, it should be understood as “this upcoming weekend”.
In addition, it also makes sense that next weekend would be the upcoming weekend, because by saying “next”, this means that there is no weekend before it.

Eric Bandera

All I'm saying is that if I were in line at a restaurant, getting ready to place an order, and someone cuts in front of me, I might say "I was next in line" If they responded with a "Thank you" and proceeded to place their order assuming that I meant the one following the current, I would not be happy. In all other capacities next means next. I'm not sure why this is ambiguous in this context.

Andrew Carlson

This weekend means This week's end. Next weekend means next week's end.


Brittalk & Andrew have it right.
To use Gabriel's example, with Books, let's say we referred to the ending of a book as the "Book-end". So, if you were reading "This" book, you would refer to the end of this Book by saying "This Book-end". If you said "Next Book-end", you would be referring to the ending of the next book you were going to read, not the Book-end of the book you are currently reading, even though it is the Book-end that comes next in the sequence.
The Weekend is just the ending of the current week, which we celebrate with drinking and sleeping-in.


I think people generally agree on this but there's always a risk of misunderstanding. People tend to speak in a way that would imply that "this" weekend is always on whether it's monday or sunday, or as if they are thinking of the current week as one giant chunk with the "next" weekend coming after.

Rod LeNaine-Smith

I seems that a number of people, counting are going to say that the "next" number after 5 is 7??

Tristan Charles p. Udsig

What is next week


like one is correct but the other is not

Laurence Talipanan

To the 8 days time people. This year is 2021. Using your logic then next year is 2023. Doh !!

roman dybala

If you were in a car and the passenger said turn at the next corner you would turn at the next direct corner not the one after the on you were just about to reach.


If it were Monday, and you said "Next Thursday" it would be referring to the Thursday in 3 days, not the Thursday in the next week. Why would the weekend be any different?


Unfortunately logic has been lost in the face of conventional norm. Logically the "next" weekend is the one you have not had yet. It is physically impossible for it not to be the case. An example -If you are stationary and I ask you to take your next step, it is the very next step you will take - not the one after. If there are 2 apples in front of you and I ask you to eat the next apple, you will eat the first apple - not the second apple. Logic says the next weekend has to be the very first weekend that you are yet to have. Therefore to be logically correct and grammatically correct you should say, as others have stated; either "this coming weekend" or "the following weekend" or "the weekend after this coming weekend" or "2 weekends' time". Hope this helps to end the confusion and improve your grammatical correctness.


@ Jake, Brittalk et al - Sorry but you are wrong because you are being illogical. Unfortunately time does not get defined by our calendar - time is ever present and constant. Today is the day you live in. The next day you live in, as time passes, is tomorrow. It is not 2 days after. If you apply logic to the structure of a week - then you are not actually applying logic - you are applying context. The two are very different. Your logic implies that it is fine to "skip" a passage or portion of time. This is physically impossible. So either, you cease applying the word next (as this is your context) and use the word "following" if you want to be logically and grammatically correct. But don't use next - as if It is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the "next" weekend is the one you are about to have - being the immediate day after Friday = Saturday. Just because people might refer to the said Saturday as "this" Saturday, that does not make it logically correct to refer to the following weekend as the "next" weekend - because you can't cheat time...


also @ Jake - re the book end. I am perplexed at your use of the book analogy. The book has a start and an end - but to refer to it as the "book-end"? But to explore that - If you believe the next "book-end" is the end of the next book, why would you not say the "end of the next book" which is infact the end of the next book - but which is not the end of the book following the next book you read. Place 3 books in front of you. You are reading the first book. Is the next "book-end" the book you are reading, or the second book? If you say it is the second "book-end" what happened to the ending of the book which you are yet to reach? NEXT really means what you are yet to see, feel, experience - but will experience before any other similar incident/phenomena as time passes. You can apply this in so many other ways for you to grasp it. If I am in a race and I come first. The "next" placegetter is the one immediately behind me - not third. If the doctor says I want you to breathe out vigourously with your next breath - he does not mean in "2 breaths" time. Finally a weekend is a weekend - it comprises of 2 days like any other days of the week, It comes when it comes. So until you are in "a weekend", the next weekend is the one approaching.

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