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    Articles in English language

    Hi,

    Can you please let me know why no article will come before TV.

    Did you see the film on ..... TV last night?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Articles in English language

    It is because "on TV" is a fixed phrase, a common idiom, and because TV has become a familiar technology, almost an institution, whose name now resembles a proper noun.


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    Re: Articles in English language

    They go to ....... church every week -- no article.


    I don't go to ...... theatre very often -- the

    why there is no article in first sentence? and second sentence has "the".
    what is the deciding factor that decides that article should come or not, as per my knowledge "church" and theatre both represents "group" so both should have "the" as article. I guess I am missing something. Please help.

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    Re: Articles in English language

    It's not a hard and fast rule, written in stone. It depends on how we think of the place. If it's institutional, familiar, and the same one every time (church, tv) then we don't use the article. If it's a place, but a place that can vary, where one is not quite a member or attached in any meaningful way, we do use the article (the theatre). But remember: "Get me to the church on time" is also a famous and correct verse from GB Shaw.

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