In my question here, I have used a sentence

I don't like winters.

While a user commented that I should use winter and not winters. But from my understanding, winter comes every year and disliking winter is for every year,not just for one year. So it should be winters. Which one is correct?

I found it here that winter can be singular or plural depending on the sentence construction. And the sentence in this question, I think it would be winters itself.

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    It would be singular when referring to seasons, unless a quantity is specified, like "It snowed two winters ago.". In your example, you might think of it like "I don't like wintertime."
    – user3169
    Commented Mar 5, 2016 at 7:29
  • Lets say I have been asked a question- Which season you don't like then I would say I don't like winters.. neither winter time nor winter. Right? @user3169
    – Bee
    Commented Mar 5, 2016 at 8:01

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In the sentence,

I don't like winters.

winters refers to the season in plural, describing a dislike for a quantity of winters. This adds ambiguity to the sentence as the range or amount of "disliked winters" is unspecified.

Changing winters to winter would imply a dislike for winter in general. This greatly clarifies the meaning of the sentence:

I don't like winter.

  • A dislike for a group of winters.Could you kindly describe the situation?
    – V.V.
    Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 6:48

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