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Are these sentences natural?

  1. Members of my family have their weddings on Saturdays.

  2. Pete pays a visit to his grandmother once a month. He does it on Saturdays.

  3. I celebrate my birthday on Saturdays.

It is obvious that 'Saturdays' doesn't mean 'every Saturday' or 'almost every Saturday'. But are the sentences natural? Would you consider them incorrect? Or awkward?

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The way you are phrasing your sentences, they are a bit awkward.

Pete pays a visit to his grandmother once a month. He does it on a Saturday.

"Saturday" should be singular, since he only does it once a month. Otherwise,

Pete pays a visit to his grandmother once a week. He does it on Saturdays.

Your other sentences

Members of my family have their weddings on Saturdays.
I celebrate my birthday on Saturdays.

would be understood to mean

Members of my family have their weddings on a Saturday.
I celebrate my birthday on a Saturday.

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Your first and third sentences sound natural to me. I'm not sure what I think of your second, but I would probably say "Pete pays a visit to his grandmother once a month, always on a Saturday."

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