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  1. Newbie
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    in, on, at

    Hi guys,
    can you take a look at the following expressions and tell me if I got it right??

    In hospital (sick)
    In the hospital (inside the building)
    At the hospital (point of reference)

    would it be correct in both American and British Englishes?


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    Re: in, on, at

    In the US, even if you're admitted as a patient, you still use the "the."

    She's in the hospital would most likely mean she was sick/injured.
    She's at the hospital would mean she was visiting/working.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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