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is fortnight already considered as archaic usage???
By Americans, yes.

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Nope, Sunday.

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Nope, *most* English-speakers start their week on Monday. My understanding is that the "weekend" comprises Saturday and Sunday -- and I have always assumed that the weekend occurs at the end of the week.

And international standard ISO-8601 dictates that Monday shall be the first day of the week.

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You are absolutely right. People with weak German capabilities, including native speakers, can have a problem with the proper use of this expression, so just saying "nächsten Freitag" is a risk and not to be recommended, unless you want to run a language test, first.
Not true. It is people that are weak in logic and math that have a problem with "this Friday" and "next Friday". Additionally, those people are normally good with language and grammar and dictate the wrong and illogical rule. Hence the confusion. By logic "this Friday" and "next Friday" is the same expect if today is a Friday which mean "this Friday" is today and "next Friday" is in seven days.
See also the definition of next : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time).

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After the next beer I will go home.
Next time, please remember to bring your books to class.
Turn left at the next intersection.
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By Americans, yes.


Nope, *most* English-speakers start their week on Monday. My understanding is that the "weekend" comprises Saturday and Sunday -- and I have always assumed that the weekend occurs at the end of the week.

And international standard ISO-8601 dictates that Monday shall be the first day of the week.
really? americans start their week on sunday and i'd imagine that they'd account for a lot of english speakers...
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Not true. It is people that are weak in logic and math that have a problem with "this Friday" and "next Friday". Additionally, those people are normally good with language and grammar and dictate the wrong and illogical rule. Hence the confusion. By logic "this Friday" and "next Friday" is the same expect if today is a Friday which mean "this Friday" is today and "next Friday" is in seven days.
See also the definition of next : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time).

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After the next beer I will go home.
Next time, please remember to bring your books to class.
Turn left at the next intersection.
Wrong wrong wrong....

The next beer isn't the one you are currently drinking, its the one that you will get after that. And "next time" ....you are already in the class, so it is next time ie the one after the one you are in.

I'll give you the last one, grudgingly. Although the correct word is "junction"
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Wrong wrong wrong....

The next beer isn't the one you are currently drinking, its the one that you will get after that. And "next time" ....you are already in the class, so it is next time ie the one after the one you are in.

I'll give you the last one, grudgingly. Although the correct word is "junction"
What if you are not currently drinking a beer?
What if the student is being told of by his mom at home after he showed her a nice red circled F?

"junction"? I think you need a ride in my trunk down main street. No, it is not a station wagon it is a sedan. But be advised it can be quit loud, my muffler is broken. It is dark too better bring a flashlight. Also, one or two fender benders may happen on the way. How about next fall?
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

Ok, on a more serious note. How would you say "next Wednesday" then?
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Ok, on a more serious note. How would you say "next Wednesday" then?
In German? Not sure. Ask Faltrad. The others here don't know
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Ok, on a more serious note. How would you say "next Wednesday" then?
Which one do you mean "Mittwoch dieser Woche" or "Mittwoch nächster Woche"?

See here.
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really? americans start their week on sunday and i'd imagine that they'd account for a lot of english speakers...
Indeed, I'd say that Americans have accounted for most of the English language ... it's very difficult to find English spoken anywhere now.
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In German? Not sure. Ask Faltrad. The others here don't know
At least, there is somebody to answer that in German. In English, you still haven't managed to work it out in 3 pages.
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Nope, *most* English-speakers start their week on Monday. My understanding is that the "weekend" comprises Saturday and Sunday -- and I have always assumed that the weekend occurs at the end of the week.

And international standard ISO-8601 dictates that Monday shall be the first day of the week.
And aren't most Americans believers in the bible anyway? As far as I recall, Genesis tells us that 'on the seventh day, God rested', and I'm fairly sure that Sunday is intended to represent that day of rest, ergo, Monday must have been the 'first day'.
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And aren't most Americans believers in the bible anyway? As far as I recall, Genesis tells us that 'on the seventh day, God rested', and I'm fairly sure that Sunday is intended to represent that day of rest, ergo, Monday must have been the 'first day'.
Well, in the old testament, the seventh day, the day of rest, is Saturday, which is still the case for Jews and Muslims.

Because Jesus rose on Easter Sunday, Chrstians celebrate on Sunday, not because it's the seventh day.

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