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Hello.

I need help with the following sentence:

She dreaded the winter months, when the skies turned grey and gloomy and all the green went out of the land.

What does 'dread' mean in this context?
Is it happening at the same time when she dreads and the skies turn grey?

I can see two interpretations:

1) At some point in the past she feared the winter months that generally have this quality.

2) At some point in the past she remembered and had negative feelings about the winter nights that she had experienced before (which had had this quality).

Are they possible?

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ReegisWhat does 'dread' mean in this context?

It has the ordinary meaning that you will find in the dictionary. E.g. "Anticipate with great apprehension or fear" (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/dread ).

ReegisIs it happening at the same time when she dreads and the skies turn grey?

Most probably it is referring to her general feelings about the approach of winter, i.e. what she felt every year, not to any specific moment in time.

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Thank you, GPY.

Let me ask one more question. So can we say that the present equivalent of it would be as below?

She dreads (or is dreading when happening in a specific period of time rather than generally) the winter months, when the skies turn grey and gloomy and all the green goes out of the land.

With the meaning as you said - she anticipates with fear the winter months that correspond with her general feelings as decribed earlier.