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Sundays

[ suhn-deyz, -deez ]
/ ˈsʌn deɪz, -diz /
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adverb

on Sundays.

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What does Sundays mean?

The word Sundays can be used as an adverb meaning every Sunday or on Sundays, as in I work Sundays or The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays. 

Sundays is of course also the plural of Sunday, the name of the day between Saturday and Monday.

When it’s used as an adverb, Sundays describes when something happens or when an action is taken.

The singular form Sunday can also be used as an adverb, as in We’re closed Sunday or Do you work Sunday?

Sundays (ending with an s) usually implies that the action or event is a regular occurrence, such as one that happens according to a schedule. For example, saying, “I work Sundays” means that you work every Sunday. In contrast, saying, “I work on Sunday” or “I work Sunday” typically means that you are scheduled to work on the upcoming Sunday.

Example: The shop is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Where does Sundays come from?

The first records of the word Sunday come from before 900, but the use of Sundays as an adverb is first recorded in the 1400s. The suffix -s is used to make it an adverb. It’s used this way in similar time-related words like sometimes and weekdays. You can add this –s suffix to other words to turn them into adverbs, including every other day of the week, as well as words like nights, as in I work nights. 

The word Sunday itself comes from the Middle English sun(nen)day, from the Old English sunnandæg. This is a translation of the Latin diēs sōlis, which itself is a translation of Greek hēméra hēlíou, “day of the sun.”

If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Sunday, read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.

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How is Sundays used in real life?

As an adverb, Sundays is commonly used in discussion of when people work and when businesses will be open or closed.

 

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