What's the difference between "at this weekend" and "this weekend" when they are used in a sentence. How do we use them correctly? For example, can I say " I am going to visit my friends at this weekend." OR "I am going to visit my friends this weekend." Which one is correct? Is there any difference between them?

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    As best I can tell, it is unidiomatic to use "at this weekend" in any instance other than when saying "at this weekend's _____." Have you seen instances where it is used differently/what research have you done on the topic?
    – EenBeetje
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 4:27
  • @choster No it isn't - We say 'at the weekend'. AFAIK nobody says 'at this weekend'. Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 9:32
  • @KateBunting Who says "at the weekend"??? Perhaps it's a regional thing, but it sounds very strange to me. Maybe I say it without realizing it, but the only prepositions I'm comfortable using would be over ("I'll get that done over the weekend") and on ("I hate to bother you on the weekend, but...").
    – miltonaut
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 22:39
  • Possible duplicate of "On/at/for/over the weekend" in American English
    – miltonaut
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 22:40
  • @miltonaut British people say 'at the weekend' (see dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/weekend ). I was replying to a comment which has now disappeared, which claimed that we British used a different expression. Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 9:06

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When we use time adverbs with 'this' /this week, this year, this month, etc./, no preposition is necessary. You can express the period 'on Saturday and Sunday' with 'at the weekend' /British English/ or 'on the weekend /American English/.


We don’t normally use at, on or in before time expressions beginning with each, every, next, last, some, this, that, one, any, all:

He plays football every Saturday.

Are you free next Monday at two o’clock?

Last summer we rented a villa in Portugal.


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