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    Use of the article

    Can you help me formulate a rule as regards the use or omission of the definite article in the following examples?:

    'I'm going to school, I'll see you this afternoon'

    (unless proven wrong) This sentence can be used by a student as well as a teacher going to class. CORRECT?

    'I'm going to the school, I'll see you in couple of hours' time'

    This could be used by a student's mother on her way to her son's school for a PTA meeting. CORRECT?

    My question: I am a teacher, and I often have meetings in the afternoon. What do I say?

    I'm going to school or to the school for a meeting.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Use of the article

    'I'm going to school, I'll see you this afternoon'

    (unless proven wrong) This sentence can be used by a student as well as a teacher going to class. CORRECT?

    'I'm going to the school, I'll see you in couple of hours' time'

    This could be used by a student's mother on her way to her son's school for a PTA meeting. CORRECT?

    My question: I am a teacher, and I often have meetings in the afternoon. What do I say?

    I'm going to school or to the school for a meeting. You could use either.

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