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    'The' hospital, or just hospital

    Please fill in the blank, and explain the reason.
    My father is in --------- hospital because he had a heart attack.
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    Re: 'The' hospital, or just hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by pangaea View Post
    Please fill in the blank, and explain the reason.
    My father is in --------- hospital because he had a heart attack.
    Thanks.​
    BrE: in hospital
    AmE: in the hospital

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    Re: 'The' hospital, or just hospital

    Thanks, but what is the grammatical reason?
    Is 'hospital' considered an institution i.e, prison, school, etc? If so why should you use 'the'?
    Many thanks.

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    Re: 'The' hospital, or just hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by pangaea View Post
    Thanks, but what is the grammatical reason?
    Is 'hospital' considered an institution i.e, prison, school, etc? If so why should you use 'the'?
    Many thanks.
    We also say in the palace, in the store, in the bathroom, in the church, etc.

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    Re: 'The' hospital, or just hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by pangaea View Post
    Thanks, but what is the grammatical reason?Is 'hospital' considered an institution i.e, prison, school, etc? If so why should you use 'the'?Many thanks.
    There's no grammatical reason. It's a question of usage. But you seem to have answered your own question.

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