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    The/a fitness club

    Hello.

    If I mention a fitness club for the first time should I still use the definite article?

    1.I go to a fitness club.
    2.I go to the fitness club.

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    Re: The/a fitness club

    If you say "the fitness club", will the listener know which one you're talking about?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The/a fitness club

    Yes, since it might be the second mention of the club.

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    Re: The/a fitness club

    Your first post specifically said it would be the first time you had mentioned it. That's the context for which I wrote my answer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The/a fitness club

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your first post specifically said it would be the first time you had mentioned it. That's the context for which I wrote my answer.
    The word fitness club isn't an exception, right? If you mention something for the first time, you always you 'a' or 'an'. Are there any exceptions at all? For example, words that require the definite article even if you mention them for the first time.

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    Re: The/a fitness club

    Words that include "The" in their official title need it, even when mentioned for the first time. Usually, they are unique places.

    I am going to The White House.
    Shall we go and see the Eiffel Tower?
    I would love to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Context dictates whether to use indefinite or definite articles too.

    Jane: What are you doing this afternoon?
    Helen: I'm going to the gym. (There is no need for Jane to know which gym - "going to the gym" is a standard collocation.)

    Jane: Do you keep fit?
    Helen: Yes, I belong to a gym.
    Jane: Oh, which one?
    Helen: The gym on Hastings Road.
    Jane: What a coincidence. I'm a member there too.

    As you can see, there is a difference between "I belong to a gym" and "I go to the gym".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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