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    Omission of 'the'

    Hi there!

    Is it Okay to omit the article 'the' in the following sentence? If it's not Okay, why then?

    I go to gym by car.

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    Tito

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    #2

    Re: Omission of 'the'

    It's OK if you are thinking of 'gym' as an activity, such as a gymnastics/aerobics/fitness class rather than as a building. You can 'go to gym' in, for example, a school/church hall.

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    Re: Omission of 'the'

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's OK if you are thinking of 'gym' as an activity, such as a gymnastics/aerobics/fitness class rather than as a building. You can 'go to gym' in, for example, a school/church hall.
    Piscean, in this case, I know that the person who wrote the sentence meant the place in which she works out daily. Would the addition of 'the' make one understands that she's referring to her health club?

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    #4

    Re: Omission of 'the'

    Yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #5

    Re: Omission of 'the'

    There is nothing ungrammatical about saying you "go by car" but I find it a lot more natural to say "I drive to the gym."
    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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    #6

    Re: Omission of 'the'

    Note that you can write "OK" (upper case) or "okay" (lower case) but not "Okay" (unless it is the first word of a sentence).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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