Are all of these correct?

  1. I wash my car on Mondays.
  2. I always wash my car on Monday.
  3. I always wash my car on Mondays.

I know #1 is correct, and it means every Monday. However, I'm not sure if #2 is correct. If we use the adverb "always," is it necessary to put the "s" at the end of "Monday"? I think for #3 the use of "always" adds emphasis to the fact that it is every Monday.

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While all three are correct, the use of both always and the plural Mondays in example 3 seems a bit redundant. The first two would be more common and interchangeable.

SUPPLEMENT: As noted in the comments, there is a degree of ambiguity as to whether these sentences are inteded to mean that the car is washed every Monday, or only that, when it is washed, it would be on a Monday, but not necessarily every week.

To avoid ambiguity, you could say

I wash my car every Monday.


Whenever I wash my car, it's on a Monday.

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    Am I reading too much into it if I always wash my car on Monday means every Monday, while Mondays means only on Monday, but not every Monday? I don't know, but to me there seems to be a difference. – anongoodnurse Apr 18 '14 at 14:16
  • @medica You have a good point. I think any of them could mean only on Monday but not necessarily every Monday. But I think every Monday would be the more common takeaway. A bit of ambiguity. – bib Apr 18 '14 at 15:03
  • I don't think any of them are explicit enough to definitely mean 'Every Monday I wash my car'. Am I missing something? To me, all three appear to suggest that I wash my car on Mondays but not necessarily every Monday. Somewhere the word 'every' needs to be applied to Monday, and the 'always' applied to car washing seems irrelevant. – Frank Apr 18 '14 at 16:29

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