Learn English – last summer or the last summer

grammar

I've read Essential Grammar in Use Raymond Murphy's book. some page of the book was told me:

Do not use "the" with:

television

breakfast/lunch/dinner

next/last + week/month/year/summer/Monday/etc.

e.g.

Did you have a holiday last summer?

My question is can i speak:

Did you have a holiday in the last summer?

Is it really that i can not use a or the with all of them above?

for example:

a television, the television, the last month, …

I'm a little bit confusing. Is that rule depend on its context or it is always true?

Note that this question might be duplicated but i expect the answer that emphasise on the additional explanation according to the context above that i referred from the book to make it more clear.

Best Answer

"Did you have a holiday last summer?" asks did you have a holiday in the previous summer. "Did you have a holiday in the last summer?" asks did you have a holiday in the last summer (implying that there will be no more summers)