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    in summer vs in the summer

    I am a member in a student affairs committee.
    I asked: if something happens in the summer are we going to meet.?
    the answer was: if something happens in summer we should meet
    My question is : shouldn't the answer be " if something happens in the summer we should meet?"

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    Re: in summer vs in the summer

    I believe either is correct.

    In Norway the weather in (the) summer is usually about the same as in England.
    She likes to relax in the garden in summer.


    The museum is open to visitors in the summer months. Here summer is an adjective.

    this/next/last summer
    early/late summer

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    Re: in summer vs in the summer

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    I am a member in a student affairs committee.
    I asked: if something happens in the summer are we going to meet.?
    the answer was: if something happens in summer we should meet
    My question is : shouldn't the answer be " if something happens in the summer we should meet?"
    When we talk about seasons in general, we can go with and without 'the'. But, in your sentence, it is in the shared knowledge of both the speaker and the hearer which summer is meant: not just any one, but this coming summer. You want to use 'the'. Even better would be 'this summer'.

    Also, you need a comma after 'summer':
    If something happens in the summer, are we going to meet?

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    Re: in summer vs in the summer

    NOT A TEACHER.

    I would've said: If something happens over the summer....

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