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    The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    The boy was hurt badly. The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.
    (Project English, Jim Greenlaw and Wang Dechun)


    I wonder if the
    ‘the’ before hospital should be deleted.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    #2

    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    The definite article is not used in BrE unless a hospital has been previously mentioned.

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    #3

    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The definite article is not used in BrE unless a hospital has been previously mentioned.
    ... or an adjective intervenes: '... took him to the nearest hospital'.

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    #4

    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    911 is the emergency number in the U.S., so "the hospital" makes sense.

    I think it's 999 in the UK? The driver called 999 and took him to hospital. -- Would that work?

    (There isn't much point in calling 911 if you're about to drive the person yourself. You call 911 to call for an ambulance.)
    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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    #5

    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    The definite article is required in AmE: the​ hospital.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The definite article is required in AmE: the​ hospital.
    Thanks, GoesStation.
    I wonder if "the hospital" is a kind of special hospital, say, emergency hospital.

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    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    No, the use of the article tells us nothing about the hospital itself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, the use of the article tells us nothing about the hospital itself.
    Thanks, emsr2d2. So, I need to just remember there's a 'the' in AmE while no 'the' in BrE in that context. Is that so? Thanks again.

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    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    Yes and no! BrE uses the definite article sometimes.

    My uncle is in hospital = He has been admitted to the hospital and is now an in-patient.
    I need to take my son to hospital = There is some kind of emergency
    My sister works at the hospital = An already known or specific hospital is my sister's place of work.
    My sister works at a hospital = She works at an unspecified hospital
    I'm going to visit my aunt in hospital later = She is an in-patient
    I'm going to meet my aunt at the hospital later = The two of us are going to meet up and the hospital is the location of the meeting.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: The driver called 911 and took him to the hospital.

    Thanks a lot, emsr2d2.

    What about school?

    I wonder if I could say the following:
    If you go to school, you are a student.

    If you go to the school, you are a visitor.
    If so, is that correct both in BrE and AmE?

    Thanks again.

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