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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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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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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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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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