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I know people usually say it to others on a Friday afternoon. Someone has told me there should be a condition before you say it, which is you know you are not going to see them throughout the weekend and then you say it to them. Is that understanding right?
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As Philip says, it's common enough to say something like "If I don't see you at the softball game tomorrow, have a nice weekend" or "If I miss you at the bake sale, have a nice weekend" but if I know that you and I are both going to be at the softball game or at the bake sale, then I'd just say "Have a nice night - see you tomorrow!"
The reason I brought it up is in today's China, young people tend to say 'have a nice weekend' on Friday afternoons without caring about whether they still see each other on Saturdays or Sundays.
Let me ask you one more question regarding pretty much the same scenario: if a TV news anchor appears on his show during the weekend, will it be appropriate for him to say to the audience 'have a nice weekend' before finishing his Friday show?
jiaruchan if a TV news anchor appears on his show during the weekend, will it be appropriate for him to say to the audience 'have a nice weekend' before finishing his Friday show?
If the anchor says 'have a nice weekend' on a Friday evening show, I will just think he is off the very next day and Sunday. Am I right in this understanding?
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