Wednesday is the day when I have the greatest amount of free time.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by homotopy07, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:17 PM.

  1. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    (1) Wednesday is the day when I have the greatest amount of free time.

    (2) I have the greatest amount of free time on Wednesdays.

    (3) On Wednesdays, I have the greatest amount of free time.

    (4) Wednesday is the day when I have the most free time.

    (5) Wednesday is the day when I have most free time.

    (6) I have the most free time on Wednesdays.

    (7) I have most free time on Wednesdays.

    Which should I use?

    I think when is optional in sentences (1), (4), and (5).

    I suppose (5) and (7) are wrong.
     
  2. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Whichever you prefer.
     
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    Yes, and if you leave "when" in, you can remove "the day".
    Wednesday is the day when I have the greatest amount of free time. :tick:
    Wednesday is the day I have the greatest amount of free time. :tick:
    Wednesday is when I have the greatest amount of free time. :tick:
    Wednesday is I have the greatest amount of free time. :cross:

    In American English, you can remove "on" from 3, 5, and 7 if you want to.
     
  4. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thank you very much, lingo and Myridon. :)

    I thought (5) and (7) were wrong. :oops:
     
  5. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    No, the definite article is not essential, especially when you have another determiner:

    I have some free time on Tuesdays and more free time on Wednesdays, but I have most free time on Sundays.​
     
  6. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thanks a lot, lingo. :)

    I think it is OK to replace when with "that". Am I correct?
     
  7. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Yes, you can use that (meaning “on which” rather than “when”).
     
  8. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thank you very much. :)

    Do you think (7) is more common than (6)?
     
  9. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Out of context, no.
     
  10. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thanks a lot. :)
     

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