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Hello. Can you help me with this? Are they all correct?

1) On Saturdays I always go to her house and we spend all the day there.(PLACE+TIME) Is grammatically correct to say "all the day"?

2) All the weekends I go shopping. I would correct it "I go shopping every weekend". But is the first one incorrect?

3) On Saturdays I go with my family to a park all the afternoon. I would correct it "On Saturdays my family and I spend all the afternoon in a park". But I am not following the right structure PLACE first and TIME then....

Thank you !

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Hi,

Can you help me with this? Are they all correct?

1) On Saturdays I always go to her house and we spend all the day there.(PLACE+TIME) Is grammatically correct to say "all the day"? Say 'all day'.

2) All the weekends I go shopping. I would correct it "I go shopping every weekend". Yes.

But is the first one incorrect? It's very awkward and unnatural.

3) On Saturdays I go with my family to a park all the afternoon. I would correct it "On Saturdays my family and I spend all the afternoon in a park". This is fine.

But I am not following the right structure PLACE first and TIME then.. There's nothing wrong with saying

eg On Saturdays, I go to the park.

eg At 8 pm last night, I went to a restaurant.

I think your 'place + time rule' may refer to this paricular kind of sentence.

eg I went to the park on Saturday at 10 am. Sounds fine.

eg I went on Saturday at 9am to the park. Doesn't sound good. Not idiomatic.

Best wishes, Clive
Great Clive!

You´re right. I was refering to sentences like the last two. And I found that you added a ,(comma) in number 3 examples. So if I happen to see sentences like this: "On Saturdays I go to the park", I have to add the comma, right?

Last question. In number 2, I could also right "I go shopping all weekends". This one is right, isn´t it?

Thank you for your detailed explanation. Now I find this clearer.

Regards,

Soprano
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Hi again,

You´re right. I was refering to sentences like the last two. And I found that you added a ,(comma) in number 3 examples. So if I happen to see sentences like this: "On Saturdays I go to the park", I have to add the comma, right? If it's a very short sentence, I wouldn't say a comma is essential. But I tend to use one.

Last question. In number 2, I could also write right "I go shopping all weekends". This one is right, isn´t it? It's still very awkward and unnatural. Forget about it. Say 'every weekend'.

Clive
SopranoBut I am not following the right structure PLACE first and TIME then..
True. But the correct use of the verb spend takes precedence. In this case you have to use the "amount of time" expression first because it is the object of spend.

The PLACE-then-TIME rule applies less to "amount of time" and more to "at what time":

I spent several hours in the park last Monday.
George spent four hours at his desk last night.

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Because spend requires an amount-of-time object, you need these sorts of things as the object:

all day, the whole day, the entire day, all week, the whole week, the entire week, all month, the whole month, the entire month, etc.

Not all the day, all the week, all the month, etc.

After spend, you can also use as objects:

every day, several days, a few days, every week, several weeks, a few weeks, every month, several months, a few months, etc.

Not all days, all weeks, all months, etc.

CJ
GREAT EXAMPLES !!!!

THANK YOU BOTH FOR ANSWERING!

Regards,

Soprano
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And how about this?

On Sundays I have breakfast and play with the computer all day.

Is it correct? Should I add "all day long"?

Thank you.
Hi,

And how about this?

On Sundays I have breakfast and play with the computer all day.

Is it correct? It's OK.

Should I add "all day long"? 'Long' just adds some emphasis.

We usually 'play on the computer, not 'play with the computer'.

Clive
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