In (the?) season x

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sat Oct 26 13:42:53 UTC 2002

I suspect region! I can't say "It snows a lot in winter." Too bad we
don't know more about the regional-social distribution of article use
(except for the well-known Transatlantic stuff like "in hospital,"


>After thinking about what I say for a bit, it seems I use "the" when
>it's something limited and specific. " I'm going to France in the
>spring."  "I'll be attending college in the fall."  When it's ongoing
>and general, I don't use the definite article. " In spring a young
>man's fancy... "  "It snows a lot in winter."

Dennis R. Preston
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