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    Summer VS THE summer

    Hi, I have one question when it comes to using the word "summer".

    Is it a big mistake when I say:

    "Summer of 2009 with you was so magic" instead of "The summer of 2009 with you was so magic."

    Is the first sentence a wrong usage (between native speakers).

    F.i. if I want to compare summer with winter in general, should I use the definite article?

    "Which time of the year do you prefer? Summer or winter?" or "Which time of the year do you prefer? The Summer or the winter?"


    I mean is it a big mistake? Do english speakers use the form without the article?

    Thank you for help.

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    Is it a big mistake when I say:

    "Summer of 2009 with you was so magic" instead of "The summer of 2009 with you was so magic."

    Is the first sentence a wrong usage (between native speakers).

    It is probably more common to say "THE summer of 2009," but it is far from a big mistake. I don't think anyone would particularly notice one way or the other.

    A more arresting error is "so magic" This should be either
    > "so magical" or "totally magical" (adverbs)
    or
    > "sheer magic" or "pure magic" or "total magic." (adjectives)
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    F.i. if I want to compare summer with winter in general, should I use the definite article?

    "Which time of the year do you prefer? Summer or winter?" or "Which time of the year do you prefer? The Summer or the winter?"
    I mean is it a big mistake? Do english speakers use the form without the article?

    There is probably a slight tendency to omit the article in this case, but using it is not an error. No one would notice one way or the other.

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    Thanks for your reply :). Heh so soooo maaaagical, of course :D.

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    Quote Originally Posted by popio View Post
    Thanks for your reply :). Heh so soooo maaaagical, of course :D.
    LOL!

    Although I think there may be a certain kind of "Valley Girl" speech that would say,
    "OMG! It was like totally magic!"
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    "It was like SOOOOO you know magic!"

    But without the support from the other slang indicators, it just sounds like an unintentional mistake.

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    The summer of 2009 with you was so magical.

    What does this mean? Does it mean "The summer of 2009, which I spent with you, was so magical"?

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    Yes, but I am not sure if it is commonly used. Maybe I should rather use the comma.

    "The summer of 2009, with you, was so great/magical/horrible."

    instead of

    "The summer of 2009 with you was so great/magical/horrible."

    But I am not sure. Maybe some moderator could help us.

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    Re: Summer VS THE summer

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The summer of 2009 with you was so magical.

    What does this mean? Does it mean "The summer of 2009, which I spent with you, was so magical"?
    It means it was a wonderful time or experience - a great time, and very memorable.

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