The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'week' and 'weak'?

What is the difference between 'week' and 'weak'?

What is the difference between 'week' and 'weak'?

The words week and weak are often confused because they sound similar. Do you know the difference?

Week means any period of seven consecutive days when used as a noun.

Weak means lacking in force (usually strength) or ability when used as an adjective.

Out of the two words, 'week' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'weak'.



### Which is correct 'was too weak to' or 'was too week to'? The right expression is 'was too weak to'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

What's the right phrase 'were too weak to' or 'were too week to'?

The right expression is 'were too weak to'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Is the correct phrase 'too weak to resist' or 'too week to resist'?

You should use 'too weak to resist'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Is the correct expression 'too weak to stand' or 'too week to stand'?

The correct phrase is 'too weak to stand'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

What's the correct phrase 'are too weak to' or 'are too week to'?

The right expression is 'are too weak to'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Some synonyms of week are: month, period, period of time, second, workweek.

Some synonyms of weak are: anaemic, human , soft , fragile, wimpish.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of week in a sentence

This is the third time this week.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
And probably less than a week to live.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
It had a delayed effect and only started to work a week after it was administered.
- Death of an Outsider by M. C. Beaton
Phones me a couple of times a week to chat, asks advice.”
- The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
The Graham-Wellington wedding was set for the first week in December.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels

Examples of weak in a sentence

The voice sounded weak as well as hoarse.
- The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
Spasm-like tremors ran through his body, and he looked almost too weak to stand.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
He felt light-headed, his stomach weak and queasy.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
Some nights the drinks were too strong, some nights too weak.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
She shook her head: no time, none at all, to be weak.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay

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