In the winter or in winter


There is a detail but I dunno why people say:

  • in winter or
  • in the winter (and in the others seasons)?

Does the usage of the expressions in different cases is logic?

Thanks in advance,

Hi Simon,

The use of the definite article in such an expression is a question of specificity. I can say: In winter people often become depressed and unhappy. This is as it were a very general statement and not really specific or particular. When I say: In the winter we always have a fire in the sitting room, which seems to make everyone in the house feel contented., I am referring to a particular situation.