People took one day off every five days.

In this sentence,  does it mean:

If I work from Monday to Friday, then I rest on Saturday.

Or

I work from Monday to Friday, then I rest on Friday.

Which is the correct understanding?

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@alexandra posted:

People took one day off every five days.

In this sentence,  does it mean:

If I work from Monday to Friday, then I rest on Saturday.

Or

I work from Monday to Friday, then I rest on Friday.

Which is the correct understanding?

Hello, Alexandra—If you have "one day off every five days," then you work for five days and then have a day off. The other meaning you give would be expressed differently—e.g.: "People took one (out) of every five days off."

Hello, Alexandra—If you have "one day off every five days," then you work for five days and then have a day off. The other meaning you give would be expressed differently—e.g.: "People took one (out) of every five days off."

Thank you very much.

But when I say “I take one day off every week”, does it mean I work 7 days and rest 1 day

OR

I work 6 days and rest 1 day

@alexandra posted:

But when I say “I take one day off every week”, does it mean I work 7 days and rest 1 day

OR

I work 6 days and rest 1 day?

"I take one day off every week" means that, in any given week, you take one day off. It doesn't matter how many days of work occur before the day off.

There is no time outside of a week: we are always inside of some week. That's why it works differently from "I take one day off every five days."

"I take one day off every week" means that, in any given week, you take one day off. It doesn't matter how many days of work occur before the day off.

There is no time outside of a week: we are always inside of some week. That's why it works differently from "I take one day off every five days."

Thanks a lot! It helps a lot! Now I understand them.