If I want to express the idea 'every year, at this time', how should I say? "at this time of year"? "at this time of the year"? or "at this time of the years"?
For example, 'at this time of year(?), we'd like to make New Year's resolutions'.
Your sentence: 'At this time of year, we'd like to make New Year's resolutions' is not really a good sentence because "we'd like to" obviously refers only to this (or next) year, while the expression "at this time of [the] year" generally means every year.
I'm always excited at this time of year.
We generally make resolutions at this time of year.
Thanks for your reply.
1. Does 'we'd like to' mean 'we want to'?
2. Would you please explain why "because "we'd like to" obviously refers only to this (or next) year", and give me some more examples? Thanks!
3. Similarly, 'the best film of the year' means 'the best film for many years'?
Your original example was:
1. "We'd like to make resolutions ..." This one reads:
2. "We would make resolutions ..."
1. refers to the present and future.
2. refers to the past.
Neither of these terms has any bearing on the use of "this time of [the] year".