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    #1

    Post 'the year' or 'year'?

    Any differences between the following two sentences?

    1. It's the best time of the year.
    2. It's the best time of year.

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    #2

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    Not really if you're talking in general, though the second sounds more natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    How come the second question is more natural?

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    #4

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    Because there's no need to specify the year if you're talking in general- it's the same every year.

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    #5

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    To me, it sounds as if "It's the best time of year.", were a mistake (article missing on the word "year"). But I am not a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    1. It's the best time of the year.
    2. It's the best time of year.

    No. 2 does not sound right to me too.

    Which of these is correct?

    Best time of the day
    Best time of day

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    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    1. It's the best time of the year. <specific>
    2. It's the best time of year. <in general>

    Quote Originally Posted by ted
    No. 2 does not sound right to me too.
    It's fine.

    Best time of the day
    Best time of day

    Hope that helps.

    Please note, if you are not a teacher, please state so. Otherwise posters will assume you are a teacher and, after all, this is the Ask a Teacher forum.

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    #8

    Re: 'the year' or 'year'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    1. It's the best time of the year. <specific>
    2. It's the best time of year. <in general>
    That's a nice explanation.I can understand now.Thanks

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