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    Default The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    Can I use the definite article here? If I use it, what will the sentence mean? Will the meaning change?

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    Default Re: The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    You can't use the definite article. It doesn't change the meaning -- it's just incorrect. You could say:

    The railway station will be restored during the next year.

    This would mean that the station will be restored within the 12 months after the statement was made. So if the statement was made in April 2007, you might assume that the station would be finished by April 2008.

    The railway station will be restored next year.

    If this statement was made in April 2007, you would assume that the restoration will take place at some time in 2008, and hopefully will be finished before 2009.

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    Default Re: The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    The only way it would be correct to use the definite article would be:

    The track will be replaced in 2008. The railway station will be restored the next year. (ie in 2009)

    The track will be replaced in 2012. The railway station will be restored the
    next year. (ie in 2013)

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    Default Re: The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    Thank you for your answers!

    By the way, is it correct to say "It's going to be (will be) restored the very next year." ?

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    Default Re: The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    Thank you for your answers!

    By the way, is it correct to say "It's going to be (will be) restored the very next year." ?
    Yes, you can say that, but it involves the same rule. You only use the article if the base year is different from the current year.

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    Default Re: The railway station will be restored (the) next year.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, you can say that, but it involves the same rule. You only use the article if the base year is different from the current year.
    Thanks .

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