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WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
next
Next is usually used for saying when something will happen. It can also be used for talking about the position of something, either physically, or in a list or series.
talking about the future
You use next in front of words such as week, month, or year to say when something will happen. For example, if it is Wednesday and something is going to happen on Monday, you can say that it will happen next week.
I'm getting married next month.
I don't know where I will be next year.
Be careful
Don't use ‘the’ or a preposition in front of next. Don't say, for example, that something will happen ‘the next week’ or ‘in the next week’.
You can also use next without ‘the’ or a preposition in front of weekend or in front of the name of a season, month, or day of the week.
You must come and see us next weekend.
He'll be seventy-five next April.
Let's have lunch together next Wednesday.
Be careful
Don't say that something will happen ‘next day’. Say that it will happen tomorrow. Similarly, don't say that something will happen ‘next morning’, ‘next afternoon’, ‘next evening’, or ‘next night’. Say that it will happen tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow evening, or tomorrow night.
Can we meet tomorrow at five?
I'm going down there tomorrow morning.
Be careful
You don't usually use ‘next’ to refer to a day in the same week. For example, if it is Monday and you intend to ring someone in four days' time, don't say ‘I will ring you next Friday’. You say ‘I will ring you on Friday’.
He's going camping on Friday.
If you want to make it completely clear that you are talking about a day in the same week, you use this.
The film opens this Thursday at various cinemas in London.
Similarly, you can say that something will happen this weekend.
I might be able to go skiing this weekend.
Use the next to refer to any period of time measured forward from the present. For example, if it is July 2nd and you want to say that something will happen between now and July 23rd, you say that it will happen in the next three weeks or during the next three weeks.
Mr MacGregor will make the announcement in the next two weeks.
Plans will be finalized during the next few months.
talking about the past
When you are talking about the past and you want to say that something happened on the day after events that you have been describing, you say that it happened the next day or the following day.
I telephoned the next day and made a complaint.
The following day I went to speak at a conference in Scotland.
Next, the next, and the following can also be used in front of morning.
Next morning he began to work.
The next morning, a letter arrived for me.
The following morning he checked out of the hotel.
However, in front of afternoon, evening, or the name of a day of the week you normally only use the following.
I arrived at the village the following afternoon.
He was supposed to start the following Friday.
talking about physical position
You use next to to say that someone or something is by the side of a person or object.
She sat next to him.
There was a lamp next to the bed.
If you talk about the next room, you mean a room that is separated by a wall from the one you are in.
I can hear my husband talking in the next room.
Similarly, if you are in a theatre or a bus, the next seat is a seat by the side of the one that you are sitting in.
The girl in the next seat was looking at him with interest.
You can use next like this with a few other nouns, for example desk, bed, or compartment.
Be careful
However, don't use ‘next’ simply to say that a particular thing is the closest one. Don't say, for example, ‘They took him to the next hospital’. You say ‘They took him to the nearest hospital’.
The nearest town is Brompton.
The nearest beach is 15 minutes' walk away.
talking about a list or series
The next one in a list or series is the one that comes immediately after the one you have been talking about.
Let's go on to the next item on the agenda.
In British English, the next thing but one in a list or series is the one that comes after the next one.
The next entry but one is another recipe.
'next' also found in these entries:
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