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    Default the winter

    We use the fireplace a lot in the winter, so my room is always nice and warm.

    Why is the definite article used in front of "winter"? Do you always use the definite article with the seasons? Or do you, in some cases, use the zero article?

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    Default Re: the winter

    You could write this sentence with or without the article. Seasons of the year are some of the few nouns that work like this.

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    Default Re: the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    We use the fireplace a lot in the winter, so my room is always nice and warm.

    Why is the definite article used in front of "winter"? Do you always use the definite article with the seasons? Or do you, in some cases, use the zero article?
    I detect a very sight difference in meaning:

    "in the winter" - when [this] winter comes: "In the winter, we'll have a fire again."

    "in winter" - "In winter, we [habitually] have a fire"

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    ps - on reflection, I'm starting to think that 'the' goes in the second case too.
    Last edited by BobK; 28-Sep-2006 at 09:44. Reason: Added ps

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