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    My nephews are going to church on Sunday.
    My nephews are going to the church on Sunday.
    We are going to school after lunch.
    We are going to the school after lunch.
    In what context shall I use sentences 2 and 4?


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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    1. My nephews are going to church on Sunday.
    2. My nephews are going to the church on Sunday.
    3. We are going to school after lunch.
    4. We are going to the school after lunch.
    In what context shall I use sentences 2 and 4?
    Use sentence number two if there is a reason to identify the church in a specific way. For example, it could be the church that is still under construction. Maybe it's a new church. So some people could think of it as "the church". Have they finished building the church yet?

    I would give the same example for number four. Just replace "church" with "school".

    Also, maybe people who work at a school - a school that is a business, such as an ESL or EFL school - might say, "Where are you going after lunch?" The answer could be "I'm going down to the school, and then I'll back here in the office to finish up some reports."

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    I got puzzled, because I had been told that I was to use go to school and go to church meaning for the basic reasons, i.e, to study and to pray. I was also told that I was to use go to the school and go to the church for other reasons, such as to meet a friend and to take pictures.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I got puzzled, because I had been told that I was to use go to school and go to church meaning for the basic reasons, i.e, to study and to pray. I was also told that I was to use go to the school and go to the church for other reasons, such as to meet a friend and to take pictures.....
    Yes, you were given good information, but, maybe, not complete information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    My nephews are going to church on Sunday.(for services)
    My nephews are going to the church on Sunday.(not for services, but for some other purpose, like visiting friends or else, who knows.)
    We are going to school after lunch.(for classes)
    We are going to the school after lunch. (not for classes, but for some other purposes, like meeting friends, settling scores with someone(just kidding) or else.)
    In what context shall I use sentences 2 and 4?
    When talking about the intended purposes of a church, school, university, college, prison, hospital and the like, we do not use an article before them. However, the definite article is used when we talk about visiting a building itself only and not for its intended purpose.
    (Not a teacher)
    Last edited by albertino; 25-Aug-2009 at 05:41.

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