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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #17615: Articles and time
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    Articles and time

     We often use zero article with the names of holidays,special times of the year,or with the names of months and days of the week:

      -easter    -new year's day  -September  -Monday

    but compare:

     -I'll see you on Saturday    

     - they arrived on  a Saturday as  far as I can  remember.     

     -they arrived on the Saturday after my birthday party.



    With winter,summer,spring,autumn and new year (meaning the holiday period),we can often use either the or zero article:

     -in (the)summer I try to spend  much time in the garden.

     -in Scotland,they really know how to celebrate (the) new year.


    We use the when it is understood which summer,spring,etc. we mean:   

     -'when did you meet Beth?' 'in the summer.' (=last summer)

     -'when are you going to university?' 'in the autumn.' (=next autumn)

     - I first went skiing in the spring of 1992.


    We say 'in the new year' to mean at or near the beginning of next year:     

     - I'll see you again in the new year


    When we want to describe the features of a particular holiday,season,etc.,

    we use a/an:

     - that was a winter I'll never forget.



    *Complete the sentences with a/an, the or zero article(0), whichever is most likely,in the spaces in

    these sentences.



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    1. She is starting work on Monday next week.

    2. I last saw her in town earlier in the year.I'm sure it was Monday,because that's when I go shopping,but I can't remember the exact date.

    3. They phoned on Monday before the accident.

    4. I remember when Frank was last here.It was Christmas when I got my new bike.

    5. It was Christmas to remember.

    6. We're returning after Christmas.

    7. The race is always held in June.

    8. We last saw President Obama in June.

    9. Even though it was March,the weather reminded me of hot June day.

    10. There was a long drought in South Africa in summer of 1993.

    11. We had a really good time over new year.

    12. Have happy New Year!

    13. I'll contact you in new year.

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