A)I read books all days a week.

B)I read books all days of the week.

C)I read books all days.

I was wondering if all these three sentences are correct.I know that I can use every single day of the week or every day to express the same message ,but I want to know the correct way of using all+days here.

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    It depends what you mean by "correct". Syntactically, all your examples are "valid", but in practice native speakers wouldn't use any of them. Stick with I read books every day. Or ...every day of the week if you have some special reason why you want to explicitly mention something so contextually obvious (what other kinds of days are there?). – FumbleFingers Sep 21 '17 at 14:29
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    No - all day and all days are very different. The first one is common (it means throughout the day), but the second is uncommon because we nearly always use every day in normal contexts. Using a "marked" (less common) form usually implies a less common meaning (the audience would be expected to notice the unusual phrasing, prompting them to think of what specific unusual meaning might be intended). – FumbleFingers Sep 21 '17 at 14:44
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    So, for example, I don't have a fixed duty rota in my new job. I can be called in to work all days of the week is at least "credible" because the more natural ...every day of the week might be understood as meaning I (sometimes) have to work all 7 days in a single week. Whereas actually what I mean is that I might be required to work on any single day (weekends included), with no implication that this happens particularly often (I might only work on one or two days every month). – FumbleFingers Sep 21 '17 at 14:51
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    @FumbleFingers To be pedantic, as always, it could depend on context. For example: Albert: "I only drink beer on Fridays." Bob: "I drink beer every day of the week." Bob probably doesn't mean that he drinks beer every single day, just that he has no special day of the week for drinking beer that Al does. – Jay Sep 21 '17 at 20:59
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    @Jay: I think Bob in your example would more likely say I drink beer any day of the week - specifically because using any there would convey the intended sense unambiguously (his likelihood of drinking isn't related to "day of week"), whereas every would probably be misinterpreted as implying #he has a bit of a (daily) drink problem. – FumbleFingers Sep 22 '17 at 12:38

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