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    Hi,
    Do we say, 'We are going to a or the pub later'? Which article is often used?
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    Re: Article the with pub

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    It depends. If you say "a pub", it's not known by the listener or the others. If you say "the pub", it's known for the others. The others know which pub you're talking about.
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    Re: Article the with pub

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    It depends. If you say "a pub", it's not known by the listener or the others. If you say "the pub", it's known for the others. The others know which pub you're talking about.
    Good luck!
    Not always. It is common to say "I'm going to the pub" and the person you are talking to might then say, "That sounds like fun, which pub are you going to?". So it's similar to "I'm going to the theatre" or "I'm going to the bank" Ė in both cases the other person may not know exactly which theatre or bank you are referring to.

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    Re: Article the with pub

    "I'm going to the pub later" can mean either "I'm going to a specific pub later" or "I'm going to visit a pub later but I don't know which one yet". We don't say "I'm going to a pub later" as a general rule.

    We might say it in context:

    - We're going out for John's birthday tonight.
    - That sounds nice. Where are you going?
    - We're going to a pub first, then to Pizza Hut for dinner.

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