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Is the "week" only the five days in-between weekends or not?

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closed as general reference by Carlo_R., Matt Эллен, FumbleFingers, Robusto, J.R. Jul 29 '12 at 9:39

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Welcome to EL&U. You might find it beneficial to read How to Ask, as it explains how to ask good questions. Please read the definition for week and the definition for weekend. If these do not answer your question, please edit it to explain why. –  Matt Эллен Jul 28 '12 at 19:20
    
Anything between four and ten days! \(^_^)/ –  RegDwigнt Jul 28 '12 at 19:21

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According to Oxford Dictionary, a week is a period of seven days, but a workweek is from Monday to Friday.

week |wiːk| noun

  • a period of seven days
  • workdays as opposed to the weekend; the five days from Monday to Friday

I’d say it depends on the context.

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Again, context is all.

"I was going to do that in the week," for example, contrasts with "...at the weekend" and so week there does not include the weekend.

"The week ending 29 July 2012" obviously does include the weekend.

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In dmckee's comment at question 8148 one finds "during the week" used similarly: "... many [places] would have been closed on the weekend. So if you want... something for the weekend, you would have to buy it during the week." –  jwpat7 Jul 28 '12 at 19:27
    
True, context is all. I can say week and be referring to a work week. Another example: when I tell my boss, "I'll get that done by the end of the week," work week is generally implied, hence, I'm giving myself a Friday deadline. –  J.R. Jul 29 '12 at 9:39

The week spans all seven days. The standard work week, only five.

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