Just this afternoon I forgot what preposition to use for the noun weekend, even after I’ve written about this in an earlier post, so I thought of writing about it again. Just to remind myself. :)

As you know, we use on for a day of the week or for a date—we say on February 16 or on Friday—and that we use in for many other time references, such as in mid-September or in the ’70s. But what about weekend?

American English uses on the weekend, while British English uses at the weekend.

When we refer to the length of the weekend, we use for the weekend. Example: I will be away for the weekend.

Check out the entry at Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary. Have a good weekend!

Photo credit: Careerealism


2 thoughts on “Preposition for weekend

  1. Hi, Ms J, thanks for this. I agree that in British English there is always a tendency to use prep ‘at’ (eg as at 1 January 2013, while I was used to, as of 1 January 2013). But could you also comment on how to use fill up and fill out. Here they are using fill out the form, but in Manila, I can always see – fill up the form. Can they be used alternatively, what are your thoughts?

  2. Hi, Lally! Standard English uses “fill out” when referring to completing forms and surveys. We Filipinos like the sound of “fill up” (we say “pil apan mo ‘yan”), but such use is not yet justified in the dictionaries.

    Hmmm. Sounds like a topic for another post! :)

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