So, you want to refer to the next week in the future, but don’t know exactly how to say it. “This coming week” sounds like it should be right, but is it? You don’t want to sound unintelligent when speaking to anyone, after all.
Never fear, we’ll cover whether or not it’s correct to say “this coming week” in this post.
Is It Correct to Say “This Coming Week”?
Yes, it is correct to say “this coming week”. “Coming” refers to the next closest thing, not including the current one. So “this coming week” does not refer to the current week, but rather, the week after.
It’s grammatically correct and a rather common phrase. “This coming” is also used with months, years, and other measurements of time. It always refers to the next coming time period, not the current one.
Consider the following examples:
- We will meet with corporate this coming week, so spend this week preparing for it.
- The construction project will not be finished this week but should be finished this coming week.
The addition of “coming” changes the meaning of the phrase from “the current week” to “the upcoming or next week”. After all, you could just say “this week” to refer to the current week.
So, it is grammatically correct to say “this coming week”. However, we understand that not everyone may be comfortable using this phrase. If that includes you, we’ve compiled a list of what to say instead of “this coming week” in the section below.
Other Ways to Say “This Coming Week”
Other ways to say “this coming week” are “next week, the following week”, and “this upcoming week”. Rather than the current week, these phrases all indicate the next closest week at the time of being said. Thus, they are excellent synonym phrases.
1. Next Week
“Next week” is the most common way of indicating the week after the current one. Anyone who hears “next week” will know that the specified period of time is the coming week. Therefore, it’s the best choice of synonym to use. It leaves nearly no room for confusion at all.
See how simple it is to understand in the following examples:
- I have an appointment with the dentist next week, so I have a few days to mentally prepare.
- School ends on Friday, but I have to go back next week on Monday.
2. The Following Week
“The following week” indicates a later period of time. Most often, that period of time is the week after the current one. However, “the following week” can also indicate any week that comes after a particular point. That means it is best used alongside a frame of reference.
For instance, this is how it is used to indicate “the coming week”:
- The report is not due this week, but the following week.
It can also indicate a week coming after a later period of time, like so:
- My birthday is not next week, but the following week.
Both sentences use a frame of reference such as “this week” or “next week” to establish what period of time the “following week” is related to. “The following week” does not make sense unless a frame of reference is provided.
3. This Upcoming Week
“This upcoming week” is almost identical to “this coming week”. “Upcoming” and “coming” are just slightly different synonyms of one another. So, it’s a pretty straightforward synonym phrase to use. In any situation where “this coming week” is appropriate, “this upcoming week” is usable too.
We’ll show how the phrase may be used in an email in this examples:
- Dear Marcus, will you be available to meet with us this upcoming week?
- Dear employees, keep in mind that everyone will be subjected to a drug test this upcoming week. The tests will start on Monday.
4. In the Coming Week
“In the coming week” is just slightly different wording from “this coming week”. However, it means the same thing. Its usage is as simple as replacing “this coming week” with it in any sentence. This alternative phrasing is equally common and almost everyone will be clear on its meaning.
It’s a good pick if you want to use a different phrase but want it to be as close as possible to “this coming week”.
- Dear employees, expect an increase in hours in the coming week thanks to the holiday season.
- Hurricane Ian will cause a lot of damage in the coming week, so prepare for it now.
5. The Subsequent Week
“Subsequent” means “following” or “coming after”. It indicates a period of time coming after a frame of reference. Without a frame of reference, “the subsequent week” does not make any sense.
It could refer to next week, the week after next week, or some week several months down the line. That’s why you need the frame of reference.
For example, consider this sentence:
- This week has been tough on everyone, but the subsequent week should be easier.
“This week” is the frame of reference. It tells us that “the subsequent week” is said in relation to the current week. But a different frame of reference can change when “the subsequent week” refers to.
- We will study for the test next week, and we’ll take the test itself the subsequent week.
“Next week” is the frame of reference in this sentence. It tells us that “subsequent week” refers to the week after next week, not next week itself.
If this is confusing, don’t worry too much. “The subsequent week” is a valid synonym phrase for “this coming week”, but it’s not very common. You only have to use it if you really want to.
6. A Week From Now
“A week from now” is a roundabout way to say “this coming week”. After all, because “a week from now” always refers to next week, it will always be a way to indicate the week after the current one.
If it is Monday when you say “a week from now”, you are referring to next Monday. That is automatically “next week”, which is just a synonym for “this coming week”. It’s not exact, but it does work. You can also say “a week from today”.
- Dear Jim, please have the report ready a week from now. Thank you!
- The group will meet again a week from now.
7. Next Monday, Tuesday, Etc.
A roundabout way to say “this coming week” is “next Monday, Tuesday, etc.”. Obviously, if you indicate a day that is part of next week, you are indicating “the coming week”.
This is opposed to “this Monday, Tuesday, etc.”, which indicates a day that is part of the current week. Just replace “Monday” or “Tuesday” with whichever day is appropriate. It still works the same way. This is not an exact synonym for “this coming week”, but it does imply the same meaning.
- Dear Kim, I hope you are well enough to work by next Monday.
- Prepare for a pop quiz next Monday, students.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.