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    #1

    omission of the

    Hi,

    No article is needed before bed, church, court,hospital, prison, school, college, university, etc. when these are used for their primary purpose.

    • She stayed in bed on Sunday instead of going to church.
    • The dissatisfied customer threatened to take him to court.


    If, however, they are used for any other purposes, the is required.


    • She sat on the bed while she changed her socks.
    • He entered the church to photograph its interior.


    They are OK!

    But, I couldn't figure out whether ''the'' is required in the sentence I have written below or not.

    1) I want to go to church which is at the end of the street.
    or
    2) I want to go to the church which is at the end of the street.

    Which one is OK? Is with 'the' or without 'the?


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    #2

    Re: omission of the

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post

    1) I want to go to church which is at the end of the street.
    or
    2) I want to go to the church which is at the end of the street.
    You are talking about the building, so it's #2.

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