Is there any differences between these sentences:

  1. she closes her store during weekends
  2. she closed her store during weekends
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    It's pretty basic that one is present tense and the other past. Nov 20 '20 at 12:58
  • @Kate Bunting I have a question. Why is the present simple not used with “yesterday” or “tomorrow” but with specific time phrases like “at night” or “on weekends”? The present simple that I’m saying functions as making the general truth/fact. Sep 17 '21 at 10:13
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    @GatePending - 'She closes her store yesterday' doesn't make sense. We can use the present tense to refer to planned future events: 'She closes her store tomorrow' (if it will be closing down for good), or 'I leave for Paris this evening'. Sep 17 '21 at 12:13
  • @Kate Bunting I mean the general truth… But thank you! Sep 17 '21 at 12:21

#1 is present tense and #2 is past tense.

Note: 'on weekends' is better than 'during weekends'

"She closes her store on weekends." - Her current routine is that when a weekend comes along, she closes her store.

"She closed her store on weekends" - At times in the past, she closed her store on weekends and she no longer does. To me, it implies that she or the store is no longer there or she is no longer in charge of the store. If you wanted to say that her store is now open on weekends but wasn't in the past, I would say "She used to close her store on weekends"

  • Note: 'on weekends' is better than 'during weekends' Only if you're American! In British English it's 'at (or during) the weekend'. Nov 20 '20 at 13:34
  • I'm British and I would usually say "It's closed on weekends". I've never heard anyone say "during the weekend" in this context. Maybe it's a regional thing? Nov 20 '20 at 13:43
  • In my experience in the UK we use at for weekends but on for a specific named day, on Sundays and for a group of days on weekdays. I agree with @KateBunting on on weekends sounds North American to my ears. Perhaps it is a generational thing.
    – mdewey
    Nov 20 '20 at 16:53

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