Li Ping (dan_lian) wrote in linguaphiles,
Li Ping
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"To Hospital" vs "To The Hospital"

OK... I'm an American who speaks American English, and I use "to the hospital", "in the hospital", etc. I've done a lot of reading of British books, news (I <3 bbc.co.uk), and news from other countries which uses British English as the standard. I keep seeing the "to hospital"/"in hospital" without 'the'.

What's the story with this? I'm curious, never having actually found an explanation before.
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