1. Does "Let's put X off until next week" mean dealing with X during next week or before next week starts?
  2. "The" shouldn't follow "until" in the sentence, should it?
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    1. it means dealing with X during the following week. 2. 'the' is not necessary because it is implied, but it is optional if you want to give the sentence a little more clarity.
    – Joe Kerr
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 23:56

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  1. Your sentence suggests that we should deal with X during the week after the current one. Just to be clear. For most English speakers, weeks start on Monday.

  2. next can have several functions in a sentence.

Next is a performance of traditional country dances- pronoun
What shall we do next? - adverb
Let's catch the next train - adjective
next time we go to London, we'll visit the Tate Gallery - determiner

next as a determiner specifies which one you are talking about in relation to now: it works the same as this

The exhibition is open this week and next week.

the is also a determiner, and you can only put one determiner in front of a noun, so you cannot put the in front of next when you are using it as a determiner.

next as an adjective requires a determiner, and refers to what follows something that has already been mentioned.

I enjoyed the walk, but the next day I was very stiff.

Here, the next day refers to the day after the walk.

  • "For most English speakers, weeks start on Monday." Generally true, but in this case the use might well represent an event which only occurs on a certain day of the week. So, for instance, an issue being discussed at a church meeting (let's say, Sunday) would be put off until the next Sunday. Commented Jul 3, 2023 at 19:33

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