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    Hi Teachers


    I did an exercise on "prepositions of time" on this site and I surprisingly found out that my answer was incorrect.

    I was born in spring [ was my answer ]

    and the correct answer should have been :

    I was born in the spring .

    Why is not my answer correct ? If I say :"I was born in the spring", the definite article claims, as far as I know, for a specific spring.

    e. g. I was born in the spring of 1950.

    Is it correct or not ? If not, why?

    Thank you very much in advance


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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    There is little or no difference between saying 'spring' or 'the spring,' either is acceptable. I suppose the problem is that there is only one choice for the answer. Perhaps the question should be revised.

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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    There is little or no difference between saying 'spring' or 'the spring,' either is acceptable. I suppose the problem is that there is only one choice for the answer. Perhaps the question should be revised.

    Hi Curmudgeon


    Thank you very much for clarifying that. I`ll follow your advice about revising the question.

    Best wishes

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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Teachers


    I did an exercise on "prepositions of time" on this site and I surprisingly found out that my answer was incorrect.

    I was born in spring [ was my answer ]

    and the correct answer should have been :

    I was born in the spring .

    Why is not my answer correct ? If I say :"I was born in the spring", the definite article claims, as far as I know, for a specific spring.

    e. g. I was born in the spring of 1950.

    Is it correct or not ? If not, why?

    Thank you very much in advance


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    I fully agree with you. Why they think you've made a mistake is strange to me.

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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I fully agree with you. Why they think you've made a mistake is strange to me.

    Hi Harry

    See, please, the following site:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/members/...php?test_id=44

    Thank you

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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Harry

    See, please, the following site:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/members/...php?test_id=44

    Thank you
    Thanks, I regularly visit it. I must say I don't agree to some points of those tests.

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    Default Re: in the spring / in spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Thanks, I regularly visit it. I must say I don't agree to some points of those tests.

    Hi

    I don`t either.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    I don`t either.

    Thank you.
    You are welcome!

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