Alright….question for my UK brethren in here.
My wife and I love British television. We watch a host of British shows on Netflix, NBC, Amazon, etc.
Why do the British omit the word “THE” when mentioning hospitals?
“He’s been taken to hospital.”
“My mother is at hospital,”
etc. I adore British English, but man, that sounds awkward? Why do British say the store, the alley, the tennis courts, the parking lot, the field, the yard, but with hospital, no article!? 😂😂😂😂
The use of 'the' indicates a reference to a particular, specific hospital. It's a status or condition rather than a location. As an Australian, I also say 'at hospital' and I find 'the hospital' awkward.