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Spring is the best season of ____ year.

a or the?

Year is not definite. It can be any year. Shouldn't it be "season of a year."?

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    Interesting, because worded a slightly different way, you wouldn't need the article at all. "Spring is the best time of year." But if you're speaking about seasons, the prepositional phrase after "season" is unnecessary.
    – user183165
    Feb 14 at 14:37

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Spring is the best season of the year.

Just as you might say "Christmas is the best time of the year!" You would not say "Christmas is the best time of a year!"

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    You used "the" because this year( 2024) is unique in the world(time and space)? within the context we are talking, is your statement equivalent to = spring is the best season of "this" year?
    – Manoharsinh Rana
    Feb 13 at 19:47
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    I did NOT use ""the" because this year( 2024) is unique in the world(time and space)". I had NO particular year in mind!
    – TrevorD
    Feb 13 at 19:55
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    "Two horns" is a feature of the cow. This way?
    – Manoharsinh Rana
    Feb 13 at 20:08
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    Trevor, your answer doesn't explain why 'the' is correct. It's because we speak of months/seasons of the year to mean 'a typical year' or 'every year' - similarly days of the week. Feb 14 at 9:02
  • I agree with kate. But what I have understood is "every year". Feb 14 at 14:57

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