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    in the summer

    Is there any difference in the meaning of the following:
    1-I stay at my uncle's place in the summer.
    2-I am staying at my uncle's place in the summer.
    3-I am staying at my uncle's place this summer.
    4-I am staying at my uncle's place for the summer.

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    Re: in the summer

    1-I stay at my uncle's place in the summer.
    I would expect that to mean that it is a regular occurrence--that the speaker stays at his uncle's place every summer.

    2-I am staying at my uncle's place in the summer.
    3-I am staying at my uncle's place this summer.
    Those mean pretty much the same thing. The speaker expects to be staying at his uncle's place during the upcoming summer.


    4-I am staying at my uncle's place for the summer.
    I would expect that to mean that not only is he staying at his uncle's place but he expects to be there for the entire season.

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    I agree with Ron, but number 3 could be used to show a change of plan for this summer, as well.

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    Re: in the summer

    Couldn't , 2, 3 and 4 be used, not to refer to the upcoming summer, but to the summer we're in?
    I suppose that 1 cannot be used in this way, since it means every summer.

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    Re: in the summer

    2-I am staying at my uncle's place in the summer.
    The phrase "the summer" says to me that the speaker is talking about a season other than the current one.

    3-I am staying at my uncle's place this summer.
    4-I am staying at my uncle's place for the summer.
    Either of those could be talking about the current season.

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    What Ron said.

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