Postby Prototype on Wed May 06, 2015 1:46 am

Dear Prof,

Suppose you have always worked from Monday to Friday, but this year you are having Monday mornings free. What do you say? Do they all apply?

This is the first time in my teaching career I have not worked on Monday mornings.
Up until this year I have never had Monday mornings free.
This year, I´m not working Monday mornings for the first time.
This year, I don´t work on Monday mornings.

Re: Miscellany

Postby prof on Thu May 07, 2015 9:16 pm

Each of these sentences gives slightly less information than the preceding sentence. Apart from that, the first two sentences are fine. With the third sentence, you need to keep your phrases of time together, and say

This year, for the first time, I´m not working Monday mornings.

The third sentence uses 'don't work' where we would expect the continuous, as was the case in the previous sentence. This is because 'This year' demands that you use the continuous to say what you are doing through the year.

'I don't work on Monday mornings any more' for example would be fine, because you do not use 'this year'.
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