Should I say:

There are four seasons of (the) year?

Today we will talk about names of (the) months.


Those two sentences would be more likely to occur as

There are four seasons in the year.


Today we're going to talk about the names of the months.

Year and month are preceded by the because both are definite. In other contexts they might not be.

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    Maybe AmE v BrE but I would say "There are four seasons in a year" -- but better still would be "There are four seasons per year". – tenfour Feb 5 '12 at 13:36
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    Or just: Today we’re going to talk about month names. Non-native speakers often put a lot more ‘of the’ constructs in than they really need to (obviously not you, of course), and don’t think to make noun–noun constructs, using the noun attributively as though it were an adjective. – tchrist Feb 5 '12 at 14:58
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    I prefer ...about names of months to ...about the names of the months but ngrams supports the assertion that ...names of the months is more likely to occur than is ...names of months. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Feb 5 '12 at 17:19

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