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    Quote Originally Posted by davilan View Post
    a hospital is only a concrete noun. [...]
    Is it possible that in British English concrete nouns don't always need articles-yes of course but I can't find anything that says that.
    Try:
    Page 277 in: Quirk, Randolph, Greenbaum, Sidney, Leech, Geoffrey and Svartik, Jan (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, London: Longman.
    Page 70 in: Swan, Michael (1980) Practical English Usage (3rd ed, 2005), Oxford: OUP.
    Page 409 in: Huddleston, Rodney & Pullum, Geoffrey K (2002) The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Cambridge: CUP.
    Page 300 in: Sinclair, John (Editor-in-Chief), (1990) Collins Cobuild English Usage, London: HarperCollins
    Page 163 in: Jespersen, Otto (1933) Essentials of English Grammar, London: Allen & Unwin
    The entry for ‘hospital’ in OALD

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    Keannu, and other students interested in this discussion, I strongly recommend that you heed only the advice of fivejedjon - an experienced teacher with whose comments I entirely agree.

    Davilan is wrong.

    Rover

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Keannu, and other students interested in this discussion, I strongly recommend that you heed only the advice of fivejedjon - an experienced teacher with whose comments I entirely agree.

    Davilan is wrong.
    Thanks Rover.

    It's not really important what davilan thinks; what is important is that learners get it right. It's more than just a matter of sounding as natural as possible (if you use an article where it's inappropriate, you will still be understood); it's also for many learners a question of not throwing away marks in examinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Go to hospital/school/jail/church/etc are grammatically correct BrE constructions.
    I agree with all of 5JJ's comments in this thread but just want to add that in AmE we say "go to the hospital" even if we're not referring to a specific hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with all of 5JJ's comments in this thread but just want to add that in AmE we say "go to the hospital" even if we're not referring to a specific hospital.
    A point worth stressing. I did say earlier that I was speaking of BrE, but that might have been overlooked by some readers.

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