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    Post Re: how to express 'every year, at this time'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, but bear in mind that you have now asked three different questions, and the answers are all different.
    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".
    Dear Raymott,
    Sorry I wasn't able to express my questions clearly (because of my poor English). Please allow me to ask one more question. (if 'this time of year' refers to the New Year's holidays)
    Which one of the following two sentences makes sense?
    1. We like to talk about our New Year's resolutions at this time of year.
    2. We'd like to talk about our New Year's resolutions at this time of year.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: how to express 'every year, at this time'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear Raymott,
    Sorry I wasn't able to express my questions clearly (because of my poor English). Please allow me to ask one more question.
    Sure, ask as many as you like!

    (if 'this time of year' refers to the New Year's holidays)
    Which one of the following two sentences makes sense?
    1. We like to talk about our New Year's resolutions at this time of year.
    This one does. "We like to ..." is simple present tense, used here to mean an unvarying fact that applies to all years.

    2. We'd like to talk about our New Year's resolutions at this time of year.
    This one doesn't really. It could be grammatical, but no one would say it. The reason is this: it combines an expression that refers only to the present/future ("We would like to ...") with one that applies to all years, including habitually, the past ("at this time of the year").

    Thanks!
    R.

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    Default Re: how to express 'every year, at this time'?

    It seems that 'at this time of year' is much more common:

    American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms:
    At this time of year barrels of apples go begging.

    McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms:
    We always do a land-office business at this time of year.
    Its like fighting snakes to get anything done at this time of year.
    We are usually pushed for money at this time of year.
    The scarcity of fresh vegetables at this time of year puts broccoli at a premium.
    You are supposed to set your clock forward at this time of year.

    At this time of the year, fresh vegetables go into short supply.

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    Default Re: how to express 'every year, at this time'?

    Going back to this one :
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    [Heidi] 2. We'd like to talk about our New Year's resolutions at this time of year.
    [Raymott] This one doesn't really. It could be grammatical, but no one would say it. The reason is this: it combines an expression that refers only to the present/future ("We would like to ...") with one that applies to all years, including habitually, the past ("at this time of the year")....
    I agree that it doesn't make sense. But I think it might occur in careless speech. The speaker starts off by saying 'we'd like to', and then the thought gets derailed, explaining the wish by referring to a time of year. It ends up as a conflated way of saying
    1 We would like to....
    2 This is an appropriate wish because:
    ...2a People have similar wishes every year at this time

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