When I emailed somebody my weekly schedule, I wrote:

I'm free except for the following times: MWF 4-5pm; TR 8-9am; F 10-12am.

I'm not sure about the usage (or usages?) of the above bold words: shall I keep "for" or not? Shall I use "times" or "time slots" or "time periods"?

  • The simplest way: “I'm free except: MWF 4–5pm”, etc. Jan 16, 2015 at 0:09
  • The phrase time slots tends to be used only when referring to a schedule with predefined periods that need to be filled in. Like the times of TV network broadcasts.
    – Barmar
    Jan 16, 2015 at 19:17

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I think the sentence is fine with or without "for", although I prefer it with. You could also use "at" instead of "for". "times" is perfect; while the other variants you give are not incorrect, they feel a little more stilted to me.

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