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I am writing a formal email to inform my availability for a meeting. I want to write that I am available all week except on Monday morning and Friday morning. Which of the following is correct?

  1. I am available all week except on Monday and Friday morning.
  2. I am available all week except on Monday morning and Friday morning.
  3. I am available all week except on mornings of Monday and Friday.

For option 1, it sounds like I am not available on entire Monday and morning of Friday. For option 2, using morning twice is repetition.

I would appreciate if someone can comment on or rephrase these options.

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[I have been asked by the OP to post my comment as an answer. Initially I decided not to because it had already been posted by Peter, but as I disagree with part of Peter's answer (see my comment below his answer), I thought it may be useful to post my own suggestions.]

In the light of earlier posts and comments, the selection below tries to illustrate the usage of "not", "neither", "nor", "except" and "un-" as negatives. But be careful not to use two negatives: note that the option using "neither" omits the "not".

I am available all week, except on Monday and Friday mornings.

I am not available on Monday morning nor on Friday morning, but otherwise am free.

I am not available on either Monday morning nor Friday morning, but otherwise am free.

I am available on neither Monday morning nor Friday morning, but am free for the rest of the week.

I am available at any time next week, except on the mornings of Monday & Friday.

I am unavailable on both Monday and Friday mornings, but am available at any other time next week.

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You could use

I am available all week except on Monday and Friday mornings.

As mentioned in the comments, the "s" is very important to signal it applies to both Monday and Friday.
You might also say

For next week, I am not available on the mornings of Monday and Friday.
I am not available on Monday nor Friday mornings, but otherwise free.

  • I am correct in pointing out that "neither" is missing. CORRECTED VERSION: I am not available on neither Monday nor Friday mornings, but otherwise free. – NAASI Aug 27 '18 at 13:25
  • Your suggested 'corrected' version is NOT good English. You should NOT use both "not" & "neither" - they are both negatives and they cancel each other out. I disagree with Peter's third suggestion, because the "nor" requires the singular (not "mornings). – TrevorD Aug 28 '18 at 12:56
  • @NAASI Using " I am not available on neither Monday nor Friday mornings, but otherwise free." is still ambiguous about all day Monday. – Peter Aug 29 '18 at 19:46

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