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    • Join Date: Nov 2006
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    #1

    college/the college

    Hi, again

    Which is correct:

    "How long does it take you to get to college/the college"? Is it the same with "school"?

    "He comes home from college/the college at 2 p.m."

    Thank you


    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    #2

    Re: college/the college

    "How long does it take you to get to college/the college"?

    In British English both of the above options are correct. Without the definite article the listener is a student at the college refered to. With the article the listener is a parent/teacher/etc.

    The same answer could apply to the second example too.

    And yes it is the same with 'school'.


    • Join Date: Jan 2008
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    Re: college/the college

    One can go to the college or the school and teach, or visit one's children, or take a class, or just turn around and come home. All you're saying is that you're physically traveling to the location in question. To go to college/school is to attend classes and/or embark on a course of study.

    One can go to the school without going to school, but it's hard to go to school without going to the school, if you know what I mean.



    The definite article is used:


    1. to refer to something which has already been mentioned.
    2. when both the speaker and listener know what is being talked about, even if it has not been mentioned before.
    3. in sentences or clauses where we define or identify a particular person or object.

    For more on the definite article:

    http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/Determiners2a.cfm

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