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Is there any preposition before "next week"? Is it "I would send you the proposal next Monday", or "...on next Monday"?

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Next is a bit of a slippery word. I suppose it's functioning as an adjective here, but it can be an adverb (to come next), and sometimes it's a preposition itself. So I don't think we'd want to add a second preposition, given that in speech many people wouldn't actually bother with either. "I'll do it Monday". –  FumbleFingers Dec 2 '11 at 4:55
    
I would be surprised to hear I'll do it Monday on this side of the Atlantic. @FumbleFingers. –  TRiG Dec 2 '11 at 12:14
    
@TRiG: Your profile doesn't give location, but presumably it's Eire, so geographically if not linguistically we're on the same side. I'm surprised do it Monday sounds odd to you - even though it's more a spoken form, that's plenty of occurences committed to print. –  FumbleFingers Dec 2 '11 at 14:17
    
@FumbleFingers. Yes. Ireland. Midlands. Somehow, the phrasing with no preposition sounds American to me. Perhaps I'm wrong. It's been known to happen before. –  TRiG Dec 2 '11 at 16:45
    
@TRiG: I can't say it seems particularly American to me. Do it Monday doesn't occur often enough to contrast any US/UK difference in NGram, but come {on} Monday is more common, and I see no evidence that Brits are any less likely than Americans to drop "on" there. –  FumbleFingers Dec 2 '11 at 17:02

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You can do something on Monday or next Monday or every Monday.

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Is there a difference? Can we use the same way in other contexts? And, can we not do sth. Monday? Any why's or why-nots? –  Kris Dec 2 '11 at 12:46

If you're asking the specific question regarding the preposition 'on', as to whether 'on next Monday' is valid, then I would say no it isn't, you would never say 'on next Monday'. You would always say 'I will send you the proposal next Monday'. Alternatively you could say 'I will send you the proposal on Monday'.

Otherwise the question is quite open-ended as usage would vary depending on the preposition in question. Taking the preposition 'for', you could say something like 'Will you be ready next week?' and it would be valid to add the preposition as in 'Are you ready for next week'.

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