Correct use of articles


Please tell me which is correct and why.


"It's the middle of summer" or "It's the middle of the summer"


also :-

"I like summer" or "I like the summer"


Many thanks,


asked Jul 20 '13 at 08:21 steve critchley New member

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When you're talking about summer in general, you don't need an article.

I like summer.

It's the middle of summer.


If you're talking about a specific summer (or season), then you would insert an article.

It was the summer that we went to New York.

The Winter of Our Discontent.

link answered Jul 20 '13 at 11:41 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks for answering my question. I do have another question.What about "It's the middle of summer now" or "It's the middle of the summer now".Many thanks,Steve.

steve critchleyJul 20 '13 at 13:15

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In answer to your second question (the one in your response to Lewis' answer), both versions are acceptable. As Lewis said before, you're talking about summer in general (ie. without differentiating between several different summers), so an article isn't required. However, should you choose to use one, you would not be incorrect.

link comment answered Jul 20 '13 at 21:31 Alex Gebethner New member

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