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time expressions


time expressions
Could I have your opinions, please? Hello:) When there are two time expressions in the same sentence which should be the order, i.e., should we say: I go swimming at 3 on Mondays. or I go swimming on Mondays at 3? Thank you so much. Elisabete

25 Jan 2014      

United Kingdom

I go swimming at three on Mondays.

25 Jan 2014     


That was my idea as I think that was what I learned at school but I saw the other sentence in a course book. Thank you so much.

25 Jan 2014     

United Kingdom

I go swimming on Mondays at three. 
(on Tuesdays at four, on Fridays at six ...)

25 Jan 2014     


It should have been at 3.00 on Mondays. The rule says that the most detailed information goes first and then the rest.

25 Jan 2014     


To me  (UK native speaker), "on Mondays at three" sounds very natural. I think it depends whether the speaker already knows that Monday is part of the information or not.
Do you want to have coffee on Monday? - No, sorry, I go swimming at three on Mondays.
Do you swim regularly? - Yes, I do. I swim on Mondays at three.

27 Jan 2014