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Hello, teachers. I have a question regarding how to say ' have a nice weekend' in a proper way.

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?

Thank you.
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I think it would be very silly to say to someone "have a nice weekend" on a Friday when I fully expect to see them the next day or Sunday.

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!"

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Yes, or you think you may not see them. It is a very common farewell between office workers who normally do not see each other between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
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Thank you very much.

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?

Thank you.
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?

Thank you.

Yes, because it is not certain that the TV audience will "be there" during the weekend.

By the way, it is not uncommon to hear, "If I don't see you before then, have a good....."

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Do you mean the anchor can say that without making the Friday audience conclude that he will not appear on the show the next Saturday or Sunday?

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?
It could be. Or he could realize that people have different habits regarding watching the news on weekdays than they do on weekends.
Simply put, when a person says "have a nice weekend," the primary concern is the person's wishes for you to be happy; whether or not that person will see you before or during the weekend is of secondary concern at best. In my thinking it just isn't worth worrying about.
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For heaven's sake! It's just an informal way of wishing someone, who you don't expect to see until Monday or thereabouts, a pleasant weekend. There surely cannot be a simpler or more idiomatic expression than this.

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