When I’m going to have a weekend, can I say “It’s weekend,” or do I need to add ‘a’ or ‘the’ in front of the word weekend?

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    What does “going to have a weekend” mean? Weekends are not things which people normally “have”. – tchrist Nov 18 '12 at 3:06
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    @tchrist: I'm having one right now. It's pretty sweet. You should let me hook you up. – Robusto Nov 18 '12 at 3:09
  • Sounds like a euphanism to me! ;-) – Kristina Lopez Nov 18 '12 at 4:10
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    This question would probably work better on ELL. Commit now!. – Mitch Nov 19 '12 at 2:19

The question is incomprehensible as asked. It should be asked this way:

Is the sentence "It's weekend" grammatical, or should it be "It's the weekend"?

"It's weekend" is abnormal and ungrammatical.

"It's Saturday" is normal, grammatical, and idiomatic.

"It's the weekend" is normal, grammatical, and idiomatic.

"It's a weekend" is normal, grammatical, and idiomatic.

The latter two sentences have slightly different meanings. "It's the weekend" is an announcement about the date, as in: "Today is Tuesday. Do you know what that means?" "It's a weekend" is the answer to a question about the part of the week two particular days are, as in: "This flyer says that the convention's on March 16-17, 2013. {When's that? / Are those weekdays or is it a weekend?}" "It's a weekend."


I tried to think of an instance where I'd use weekend without an article, but it was hard to do, no matter where I put the word in the sentence:

We need to find a good weekend to go fishing.
Her favorite time of the week is the weekend.
The weekend is almost over!

That last one could be modified a little, where we wouldn't need the word the:

My weekend is almost over!

but I still need a word in place of the article, to serve as a qualifier:

No weekend is complete without a nap.

When I use the plural, though, I don't need a leading article anymore:

When can we get together? Weekends would be best for me.
I love to go golfing on weekends.

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