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On Saturday morning or On Saturday mornings???

 
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dany



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:09 am    Post subject: On Saturday morning or On Saturday mornings??? Reply with quote

Hello!
I'm in doubt again Shocked
What's the difference between "I usually play tennis on Saturday morning" and "I usually play tennis on Saturday mornings"???
(If there is a difference...)

Thank you!

Daniela
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:12 pm    Post subject: RE: Post subject: On Saturday morning or On Saturday morning Reply with quote

Hello, Daniela

Actually, I am in doubt too. I think that "on Saturday morning" is used by far more frequently that "Saturday mornings". But I believe that I have seen the second version as well.

When I looked it up in my beloved Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, here is what I got:

Quote:
on Sunday
We're going to a match on Sunday.
What are you doing Sunday?
American English

Sunday morning/afternoon etc
Sunday nights are usually pretty quiet.

last Sunday
It was our wedding anniversary last Sunday.

this Sunday
There's another antiques market this Sunday.

next Sunday (=Sunday of next week)
We'll announce the winners next Sunday.

a Sunday (=one of the Sundays in the year)
Finding a dentist on a Sunday can be very difficult.


So, it looks like Longman is in favour of "Sunday morning".

But I will try to ask a native speaker when "Sunday mornings" may be used and whether or not thre is any difference between them.

Have a nice weekend!

Nikita
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: On Saturday morning or On Saturday mornings Reply with quote

Hello,

About this "on Saturday morning" vs. "on Saturday mornings" question. Both the first and the second version can refer to the repeated activity.

For example:
I play tennis on Saturday morning.
I play tennis on Saturday mornings.
I used to play tennis on Saturday morning.
I used to play tennis on Saturday mornings.


But only the first one can be used to refer to a one-time action.

For instance:
I am playing tennis on Saturday morning.
I am going to play tennis on Saturday morning.
I played tennis on Saturday morning.


I will keep digging. Obviously, if I learn something new, I will let you know immediately.

Any further questions are welcome.

Nikita
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Jonathan's explanation Reply with quote

Hello, there

I have finally managed to speak to Jonathan. According to him, it is better to say "on Saturday mornings" when you are talking about a regularly repeated activity.

For example:
I play ping-pong on Saturday mornings.

But if you are talking about one-time event, obviously you cannot put "morning" into the plural form.

For example:
I am playing ping-pong on Saturday morning. (about the Future)
I played ping-pong on Saturday morning. (about the Past)

Have a nice day and drop me a line if you have any more questions!

Nikita
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