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    An appointment with nurse/a nurse/the nurse

    Hi everyone,
    I think I heard several times British native speakers say "nurse" without an article. Like in the following example:

    "I have an appointment with nurse."
    May be I didn't hear something correctly, but I think that's how it was said.
    If we can say something like this, could you please let me know why the article is omitted here?
    thank you.

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    Re: An appointment with nurse/a nurse/the nurse

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I think I heard several times British native speakers say "nurse" without an article. Like in the following example:

    "I have an appointment with nurse."
    May be I didn't hear something correctly, but I think that's how it was said.
    If we can say something like this, could you please let me know why the article is omitted here?
    thank you.
    It's a very unlikely thing for a (BrE) native speaker to say.

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    Re: An appointment with nurse/a nurse/the nurse

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a very unlikely thing for a (BrE) native speaker to say.
    I have heard it, especially from people in lower-income groups. Some small practices have more than one doctor available during surgery hours, but only one practice nurse. People need to specify the name of the doctor with whom they have an appointment, but not that of the nurse. Most people would say 'the nurse' or, if they know the name, 'Nurse Roberts', but some do just say 'Nurse'. I wrote 'Nurse' with a capital letter, because it seems to be used almost as a name.

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