Zero Article for Buildings
Grammar lesson: What’s the difference between saying: “I’m going to college” and “I’m going to the college”? This lesson explains.
1. Removing the article:
For certain buildings, we can sometimes remove the article in a sentence.
Those buildings are:
- hospital (Brit. only)*
- church / mosque / temple
2. Why remove the article?
If I say: “I am going to college / hospital / church / prison”, I am receiving the care of the college / hospital / church / prison.
I am therefore a student / sick person / worshipper / prisoner. I am not a teacher / doctor / priest / prison guard.
3. More examples:
- "What time are they leaving for temple"
(they are going to pray)
- "David has just left prison" (he was a prisoner)
- I don’t want to think about hospital (*Brit.)
* Note: In American English we would normally say to go to "the hospital" - even if we're not referring to a particular hospital.
That's the end of the lesson, go now to the practice exercise on Zero Articles for buildings.