Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Nov 2016
    • Posts: 30
    #1

    in a university or in university

    I am going to make up a few sentences with the word, university.

    (1a) Two years ago, Tom went to (a) university to take a business program.

    (1b) Two years ago, Tom took a business program in (a) university.

    (2) Jane is looking for a teaching position in (a) university.

    (3) Mark is currently teaching in (a) university.

    I am not sure if I need the indefinite article in all my sentences above. Please help me. Thanks a lot.

  2. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
    Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 4,378
    #2

    Re: in a university or in university

    In American English, you need the a in all your examples. The British might not use it. Let's see what they say.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

  3. probus's Avatar
    Key Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,573
    #3

    Re: in a university or in university

    Strongly disagree that the "a" is needed in 1 a or b.

    And I am no Brit. My native language is AmE.

    Just substitute college for university, as Americans so often do, and you will feel better about it.

    I went to college (university) to get my MBA. She went to college (university) to better herself.

  4. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 11,626
    #4

    Re: in a university or in university

    1a and b need the indefinite article for this AmE speaker.
    I am not a teacher.

  5. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Mar 2016
    • Posts: 553
    #5

    Re: in a university or in university

    "in university", "to university", "from university" and "at university" are common in UK and Canadian English, but not in American English. In AmE we need an article. However, Americans say "in college", etc.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

Similar Threads

  1. Do I need “the” before the name of my university?
    By dkqmail in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-Oct-2013, 20:52
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-Jul-2013, 00:07
  3. In/at university
    By Odessa Dawn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 05-Jan-2013, 09:05
  4. university/at university
    By crisneko in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2011, 14:09
  5. university
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2007, 12:47

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •