Why is it always "the beach," whether you're referring to a specific beach or just beaches in general, as in "I went to the beach last summer"? why is it not "I went to a beach last summer"??
I know sun is the sun and moon is the moon because only one sun and one moon exists.
But there are many beaches on our beautiful earth. And when I say I went to the beach last summer, I'm not referring to the specific beach in, let's say, Australia.
Is this one of the exceptions in English I should shut up and learn, or are there explanations behind it?
I would much appreciate your inputs.
Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 05-Apr-2007 at 07:43.
Re: the beach
This could be an exception. I could say 'going to the beach' when the listeneer would have no idea which beach I meant.
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