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I'll see you next Monday.

I'll look at it at the next meeting.

I already know both of them are correct but what if I said the second sentence the same as the first one without "the" and "at"?

In what circumstances can we use next with "the"?

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If we consider next as an adjective only, then typically it's used without a preceding the when referring to days of the week, or weeks, seasons, years and so on:

We're going camping next week.

My appointment is next Wednesday.

See you next year!

Otherwise, generally speaking, you would use the preceding the:

I'm speaking at the next board meeting.

Please bring in the next client.

Of course, these are generalisations, and there would be exceptions when speaking informally.

  • One exception: I lived next door to them. – Peter Shor May 29 at 0:26

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