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    the beach

    Why is it always "the beach," whether you're referring to a specific beach or just beaches in general, as in "I went to the beach last summer"? why is it not "I went to a beach last summer"??

    I know sun is the sun and moon is the moon because only one sun and one moon exists.
    But there are many beaches on our beautiful earth. And when I say I went to the beach last summer, I'm not referring to the specific beach in, let's say, Australia.

    Is this one of the exceptions in English I should shut up and learn, or are there explanations behind it?

    I would much appreciate your inputs.

    - HKB
    Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 05-Apr-2007 at 06:43.

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    Re: the beach

    This could be an exception. I could say 'going to the beach' when the listeneer would have no idea which beach I meant.

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