English Grammar

Days of the Week in English with examples in detail

Days of the Week

n English, days of the week are translated as days of the w eek or weekdays and weekend is translated as weekend . The expression business day means “ business day ”. Days of the Week in English with examples

The days of the week are:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Days of the week in English

Here are the seven days of the week in English with the pronunciation:

⦿ Monday – /’mun.dei/

⦿ Tuesday – /’tiu:z.dei/

⦿ Wednesday – /’wenz.dei/

⦿ Thursday – /’thurz.dei/

⦿ Friday – /’frai.dei/

⦿ Saturday – /’sa.ta.dei/

⦿ Sunday – /’sun.dei/

The accent in the pronunciation is always on the first syllable, The two most difficult days to pronounce are Tuesday and Thursday, so take extra time to practice those.

Rules of use

Unlike Portuguese, the days of the week in English are written in capital letters : Monday, Sunday, Wednesday, etc. Days of the Week in English with examples

When the interlocutor wants to specify which day of the week a given situation occurs, the preposition “ on ” must be used. See the examples below:

  • I go to school on Mondays .
  • Jessy plays tennis on Wednesdays. 
  • They are going to arrive on Tuesday. 
  • Does he work on Sundays? 

The following abbreviations are used for each day :

  • Monday (Mon)
  • Tuesday (Tue)
  • Wednesday (Wed)
  • Thursday (Thu)
  • Friday (Fri)
  • Saturday (Sat)
  • Sunday (Sun)

Temporal Expressions

Some words that can be useful when using the days of the week are the time indicators:

  • Today: Today is Thursday. 
  • Yesterday: Yesterday was Wednesday.
  • Tomorrow: Tomorrow is Friday. 
  • The day before yesterday  Tuesday. The day before yesterday was Tuesday
  • The day after tomorrow: The day after tomorrow will be Saturday. 

Origin of the days of the week

Like most other languages, the days in English are given this name because they are related to the universe and to some gods of Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Roman mythology:

  • Monday : Day of the moon . It comes from the word Mōnandæg , from Old English. The beginning of the word means “moon” and day “means” day “.
  • Tuesday : Tiw’s day . It comes from the word Tiwesdæg , from Old English. The god Tiw, also called Tew, Tyr or Tywar, is a God of war and glory in Norwegian mythology.
  • Wednesday : Woden’s day . It comes from the word Wōdnesdæg , from Old English. The god Woden, also called Odin, is the main god in Norway’s mythology.
  • Thursday : Thor’s day . It comes from the word Þūnresdæg . The beginning of the word, in modern days, is translated as Thor, who is a god of Norwegian mythology associated with thunder.
  • Friday : Freya’s day . It comes from the word Frigedæg , from Old English. Freia is the goddess of beauty in Norse mythology
  • Saturday : Saturn’s day , as “Saturn” means “Saturn” and “day” means “day”. It comes from the word Sæturnesdæg , from the ancient archaic English.
  • Sunday : Day of the Sun , as “sun” means “sun” and “day” means “day”. It comes from the word Sunnandæg , from Old English. Days of the Week in English with examples

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