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    I wonder when we should use 'the' before a hospital name. These are all hospital names I've read:

    City Hospital; Cap Cod hospital (MACMILLAN)
    Newton Hospital, the Queen Mary Hospital (ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE)
    the London Hospital,
    the Great Ormond Street Hospital,
    Guy's Hospital

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please?
    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: (the?) City Hospital

    "the" is used only if it is actually part of the name of the hospital, as you would see it painted on the building eg
    The City Hospital
    but
    Great Ormond Street Hospital
    HOWEVER, with very large and well-known hospitals, we might actually say in conversation:
    Their child was rushed to Great Ormond Street.

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    Default Re: (the?) City Hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "the" is used only if it is actually part of the name of the hospital, as you would see it painted on the building eg
    The City Hospital
    but
    Great Ormond Street Hospital
    HOWEVER, with very large and well-known hospitals, we might actually say in conversation:
    Their child was rushed to Great Ormond Street.
    But I read 'City Hospital' (without 'the') in MacMillan (qualify):

    After qualifying in medicine, he worked for a while at City Hospital.

    And do hospitals have their names painted with 'the' in them on the wall ?

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    Default Re: (the?) City Hospital

    City Hospital would be, City Hospital.
    If, as in my example, there was a hospital in New York, called The City Hospital (and this was the lettering painted on the building) then it would be written and read as The City Hospital.
    Whether painted, in plastic lettering, in wrought iron, or engraved in the stonework by Michelangelo himself, IF the name on the hospital and on its official stationery says The Poor People's Hospital, then 'the' is part of the name and so is included whenever you refer to the hospital.

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