What is the difference between these two expressions?
Time of year
Time of the year
Thank you very much
You need to give us some context in which you want to use these phrases for us to give you a useful answer.
After having genned up on this on the Internet, I can say that there seems to be no stark difference between the two, except, indeed, for the article. Personally, if a student asked me about this, I'd say that "the year" implies a certain year, whereas "time of just year" would hold for any year in general. Please let me know how this really works.
Sorry, yes I should have given you the context in which I found this expression, so there it goes:
"Eid al-Fitr is a very important Islamic celebration. It is my favourite time of year. It happens at the end of Ramadan"
I have been searching on the Internet too and this is what I have found:
Time of year = a certain time in the year.
If you had given context, I would not have been tempted to make my facetious response.
I feel a slight difference, but this may be personal to me. For me, 'time of year' has the idea of being rather more fixed, similar in a way to 'season'. 'Time of the year' is more flexible.
I have just re-read that, and it sounds pathetic! I am leaving it in case anybody else has a similar feeling and can express it better than I.
I'm with you, 5jj. I know there's a difference but for the life of me I can't work out what it is.
I think I use "time of year" more often than "time of the year".
I love this time of year.
It's that time of year again.
What time of year is your favourite?
In fact, I'm having trouble thinking of a situation where I would use the article. Just maybe...
- I'd like to hold the exhibition this year.
- OK, and what time of the year would you like to hold it?