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I thought that: "During a week" means any week and "During the week" means a specific week.

1) What do you eat during a week? - (every week)
2) What do you eat during the week you spend in Spain every year?

However, it seems to me that some people use "during the week" to mean "during a week".

Is it possible for "during the week" to mean "any week"?

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The can also be used to represent the entire class.

The cow is a domestic animal. A cow is a domestic animal.

In the first sentence the represents the entire class whereas in the second one a is used to mean any.


Therefore the sentence

What do you eat during the week?

Can also mean during every week

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  • That's what I also thought. So, you think that "What do you eat during the week?" equals with "What do you eat during a week?" – user1425 Apr 5 '19 at 8:11
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Yes, what you mentioned that you think is correct. "The" article is used to point out a specific week while "A" is used for any week. (Source).
"During the week" can not mean "during any week".

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