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    Using go to school and go to the school

    Please teachers I need to know what the difference between "go to school" and "go to the school" and also hospital could replace school

    I need it grammatical and today if possible

    Thank you beforehand!

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    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    You go to school if you are a pupil and to hospital if you are sick.

    If you go to a particular building for whatever reason, you go to the school or to the hosptal.

    My son goes to school in Portsmouth. I go to the school once a term to talk to his teachers about his progress.

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    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    Thank you fivejedjon I really appreciate it.

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    #4

    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    The "hospital" one is different in the US. Whether you are a patient, a visitor, or salesperson, you go to the hospital or you are in the hospital.

    However, "church" works like school. Go to church = go there to worship. Go to the church = go to the building.
    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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    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The "hospital" one is different in the US. Whether you are a patient, a visitor, or salesperson, you go to the hospital or you are in the hospital.

    However, "church" works like school. Go to church = go there to worship. Go to the church = go to the building.
    Please, can you give me a list of words that we can use in these cases?

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    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    Quote Originally Posted by 3mar View Post
    Please, can you give me a list of words that we can use in these cases?
    I can think of these in BrE:
    bed, chapel, class, college, jail, prison, sea, school, town, university, work.

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    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I can think of these in BrE:
    bed, chapel, class, college, jail, prison, sea, school, town, university, work.
    I don't think "got to the work" is a sentence any American would ever say.

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    #8

    Re: Using go to school and go to the school

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't think "got to the work" is a sentence any American would ever say.
    Nor would any speaker of BrE. I shouldn't have included 'work' in that list.

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