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When I refer to the very next Monday that will occur in the future, I say "next Monday". Some colleagues refer to it as "this Monday", with "next Monday" meaning the second Monday which will occur in the future (I would refer to that as "Monday week", "this Monday" to me would mean the most recent Monday in the past).

Are these both acceptable usages, or is one more correct than the other?


There is ambiguity in both phrases. The first is only due to loose usage, the second is due to lack of explicit reference.

"Next Monday," in the strictest interpretation, means whatever Monday will happen closest in the future, excluding the one you currently occupy if it happens to be Monday. I think of it as similar to saying "the next red stepping stone;" if you are on a blue stone, you're talking about the first subsequent red stone you will encounter, while if you're on a red stone, you're talking about whatever stone you will encounter after the one you currently occupy. If the speaker intends to reference the Monday after the closest one in the future, the appropriate phrase is probably "the Monday after next."

"This Monday," however, is ambiguous. "This" could be interpreted as "this week's," "this past," or "this coming." Unless one is pointing at a square on a calendar, it would probably be best to explicitly use one of the two latter phrases to eliminate any confusion.

  • I must say, I dearly dislike occupying Mondays. I much prefer occupying Saturdays, because then I am least occupied. – Reverse Engineered Oct 22 '19 at 5:13

To me, the meaning of this Monday depends on the tense; in the past tense, I would take it to mean this past Monday, and in future tense, I would take it to mean this coming Monday.

Next Monday I take to mean the next Monday in the calendar (so between 1 and 7 days in the future), and like you, I condsider Monday week = a week on Monday, but I'm unsure how widespread this usage is.

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    Nevertheless, if it was Sunday and someone referred to something happening "next Monday" I would not think it was happening tomorrow. I would assume the person would have said tomorrow in that instance. – Robusto Jan 28 '11 at 12:42
  • @Robusto: Usually in that situation, the person would say 'tomorrow'. If not, I would ask them to clarify. – CJM Jan 28 '11 at 12:54
  • What if it's monday today and they say "a week on monday", does that mean go a week ahead and pick that monday. or go a week ahead and pick the monday you are now on? i.e. if it's monday then is "a week on monday", in one week or two weeks? – barlop Apr 6 '13 at 16:47
  • @barlop - I'd say two weeks - a week after the next Monday after today. If you meant one week, you would probably say a week today. – CJM Apr 7 '13 at 16:19
  • @CJM what about if it's monday and you say 2 weeks on monday? is that three weeks then? Since you say that if it's monday and somebody says a week on monday,it is 2 weeks.Surely 2 weeks on monday would be three weeks?Or would you say two weeks on monday is the same as a week on monday? Also, you can argue that "if it's monday you wouldn't say a week on monday if you meant next monday you'd say next monday".But similarly,if you meant 2 weeks time and that monday,u wouldn't say "a week on monday" or "two weeks on monday",you'd say "in exactly 2 weeks" or "two weeks from today" or "2 weeks today" – barlop Apr 7 '13 at 21:32

This is always a contentious issue and it does come down to personal preference.

I would take 'last Monday' to mean the previous Monday.

'This Monday' is the very next Monday in the calendar. If it's Sunday, 'this Monday' is tomorrow.

'Next Monday' is the next but one. If it's Sunday, 'next Monday' is a week tomorrow. I too would take 'Monday week' to mean 'a week on Monday'.


As used in my local area (Great Lakes region of the USA), "Next whateverday" refers to the upcoming day of that name that's NOT in the current week. "This" would refer to the upcoming day in the current week (assuming user specified future rather than past).

  • Yes, but define a week. :-) – user774 Jan 28 '11 at 20:51
  • Sorry, I should have been better at defining it. The current Sunday through Saturday frame that one is in. – Brian Knoblauch Jan 28 '11 at 20:58
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    Some people consider weeks to run from Monday-Sunday (which makes sense, if the weekend is Saturday and Sunday, otherwise the weekend is really Saturday, and Sunday is the weekbegin). – B. Clay Shannon Apr 14 '15 at 22:12

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