at that time of <morning> vs. at that time of <the morning>

High on grammar

Senior Member
Hello everyone:
Could you tell me the difference between “morning” with zero article and “the morning” in the following set of sentences?

a. First of all what would she be doing out in the pool area in the dark at that time of the morning?
The pool lights were off and she wouldn't have been able to see a thing.

Mirror Opposites
By J L Daniels

b. He was immediately concerned to be receiving a phone call at that time of morning. He picked up the phone and said, “Hello.”
Bucking Trends
By Terry Frost

Both sentences are about a specific morning, not morning in general .

  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    No difference. It's nothing more than differing idiolect. In both cases I would use "time of the morning".
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