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Weekend vs. weekends and the corresponding prepositions

I happened to bump into this question. Which preposition should I use in front of the words 'weekend' and 'weekends'?

Here are some sentences I can think of right now. But I am not totally sure that I use the right preposition. 

He usually goes fishing at the weekend.

Or 

 He usually goes fishing in/during the weekend.

Or 

He usually goes fishing on weekends.

Are they all correct? 

Is there any other usage that worth notice? 

Thank you for your time reading my post and adding your input also. 


 


Apr 21, 2018 6:21 PM
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He usually goes fishing at the weekend.

CORRECT - "AT" IS USED IN BRITISH ENGLISH (IT MEANS AT THE END OF THE WEEK = AFTER FRIDAY)

 

 He usually goes fishing in/during the weekend. 

NOT "IN" - USE "DURING" - (DURING MEANS AT ANY TIME FROM THE START TO THE FINISH OF THE WEEKEND)

 

He usually goes fishing on weekends.

ON IS THE AMERICAN PREPOSITIONAL USAGE - (ON MEANS ON SATURDAY OR ON SUNDAY)


NOTE: THE BRITISH "AT THE WEEKEND" AND THE AMERCIAN "ON THE WEEKEND ARE BOTH CORRECT.

April 21, 2018

All are correct except 'in". 

You could have "in the week" but not "in the weekend". I have no idea why. (native British speaker here so I can't explain the grammar to you as I know it instinctively, as opposed to having learnt it from a book)


Edited to add " during the weekend" sounds a little unnatural unless preceded by something

eg " sometime during the weekend"


The best one for me is " at the weekend" if referring to a specific weekend, and " on weekends" if a general statement.

April 21, 2018

He went fishing at last weekend.    NEVER

He went fishing during last weekend.  NEVER

He went fishing last weekend. YES

He will go fishing at this weekend.  NEVER

He will go fishing during this weekend. OK

He will go fishing this weekend.   YES

April 22, 2018
You could also say, "He usually goes fishing over the weekend,"  which usually means for the whole weekend.
April 22, 2018
All this fishing is making me hungry.
April 22, 2018
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Iris Mckay
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