Student or Learner
I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
Is it because ABC school is a name?
When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
I studied at ABC school.
I worked at ABC school.
I worked at Varndean High School.
I worked at Dorothy Stringer High School.
Look at the following examples:
I worked at Oxford University.
I worked the the university in Oxford.
In the first example, you are quoting the official title of the university, so you don't need "the". However, in the second, you are talking about a specific university, taking "the" and then stating the location.
(Not a teacher)
The rule is, if you like, the uniqueness of such educational institutions as kindergartens, schools, colleges/universities, as there will not be two Oxford unversities in the world and misunderstanding of which Oxford University will not arise on the hearer. So, the definite article, which specifies the person or object in question if there is more than one of the kind, is not used.
Last edited by albertino; 29-May-2010 at 04:43.