go to college/the college

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Morpheus

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Hi,

Is it necessary to use the definite article in the phrase:

[FONT=&quot]In the morning after breakfast he goes to (the) college to give English lessons to students.[/FONT]


Thank you! :)
 

riverkid

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Hi,

Is it necessary to use the definite article in the phrase:

[FONT=&quot]In the morning after breakfast he goes to (the) college to give English lessons to students.[/FONT]


Thank you! :)

Yup, it's specific, M, so you need 'the'.

"goes to college/ school/ university/ practice" carries a more general meaning like "attends college".
 

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Is it necessary to use the definite article in the phrase:

[FONT=&quot]In the morning after breakfast he goes to (the) college to give English lessons to students.[/FONT]

not, if you are not referring to a specific college,but only to the general idea of such places and what they are used for (likewise:go to school, prison)

It's quite difficult to say from this one sentence. :-D Could you let us have a bit more text?
 
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not, if you are not referring to a specific college,but only to the general idea of such places and what they are used for (likewise:go to school, prison)

It's quite difficult to say from this one sentence. :-D Could you let us have a bit more text?

Unfortunately, I don't have the context :) The phrase was taken from an exercise!
 

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Unfortunately, I don't have the context :) The phrase was taken from an exercise!
and the point of this exercise is to make you understand when to use the article and when to leave it ?

maybe you could have a look at this which seems to be Russian as well
there they ask for the definite article to be used in a similar sentence as the college is defined as one particular college
 

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Unfortunately, I don't have the context :) The phrase was taken from an exercise!
No (further) context is needed.
You definitely need "the" because the sentence refers to the college where he gives English lessons.
 
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