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Old 09-30-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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Quick question for our British friends.

Quick question for our British friends:

I know that you say "I've been in hospital," where we American's would say "the hospital."

Would the correct British sentence be "we need to get him to hospital"?
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Yes, that's right. We'd never say "I've got to go to THE hospital"; it would always just be "hospital". I've no idea why; just one of those things. There are other words that are used the same way, such as school, work, university, college. They all seem to be words that mean "places where you go to do something".
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I would say "got to get him down the hospital" or to be more precise "gorra get im daahn thee ozzy". But I would also say both "I've been in hospital" and "I've been in thee ozzy" depending on circumstances. But I would never say "I've been in ozzy" because then people might think I'd been to Australia.
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Thanks guys. As always, I appreciate the help.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:10 PM   #5
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You do it with "University," too.

American English: I'm enrolled in the University.




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Old 10-01-2011, 01:17 AM   #6
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You do it with "University," too.

American English: I'm enrolled in the University.


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I've always thought it was, "I'm enrolled in college" here in the states though I do concede the point that many colleges are part of universities.
I remember a thread sometime back where there was a good deal of discussion about differences between America and England in terms of word choice. It was very interesting as I recall.
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I've always thought it was, "I'm enrolled in college" here in the states though I do concede the point that many colleges are part of universities.
I remember a thread sometime back where there was a good deal of discussion about differences between America and England in terms of word choice. It was very interesting as I recall.
I think in America the word "university" is a bit more arbitrary. University and college are usually interchangeable, except possibly in the case of community colleges.

In the UK, "college" usually means what we would consider the latter half of high school (6th form, in the UK, typically for students 16-18 years old).

When I'm talking to my UK friends, or even my NZ friends, I tell them "I'm in university," not college. And it's phrased similarly to "going to hospital," with no "the."

Also, emergency hospital is not "ER" in the UK. It's "A&E" (Accident and Emergency).

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Old 10-01-2011, 04:19 AM   #8
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Do Americans not say "going to church", rather than "going to the church"?
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Do Americans not say "going to church", rather than "going to the church"?
The way I see it depends on what you are doing at the location (American English that is)

"I've got to go to school" - I'm going there to use the location for it's intended purpose
"I've got to go to the school" - I'm going there for some other reason LOL.

"We're going to church" -Going there for worship or whatever
"We're going to the church" -Going there because it's the location of say a wedding
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The way I see it depends on what you are doing at the location (American English that is)

"I've got to go to school" - I'm going there to use the location for it's intended purpose
"I've got to go to the school" - I'm going there for some other reason LOL.

"We're going to church" -Going there for worship or whatever
"We're going to the church" -Going there because it's the location of say a wedding
That's exactly how it's done in Britain, too.

"I'm going to hospital to have an operation".

"I'm going to the hospital to visit Uncle Fred".

But if you asked me to define the "rules" which govern each usage, I'd struggle. I just know what "feels right" .
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Do Americans not say "going to church", rather than "going to the church"?

American English makes no sense!

I was raised in the South, which has its own culture. We say "I'm going to church."



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Couldn't you folks just get along and stick with one version of English? You guys are making it really hard for Canadians as we have to deal with both versions every damn day.
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Couldn't you folks just get along and stick with one version of English? You guys are making it really hard for Canadians as we have to deal with both versions every damn day.
The solution's obvious. Have your own version!

I don't think there's ever been one version of English.

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You could always use French instead.
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Would the correct British sentence be "we need to get him to hospital"?
I think it depends on the circumstances. If it was that someone needed to be taken to any nearby hospital, it would be "to hospital". If a specific hospital had been referenced earlier, as opposed to other possible hospitals, "to the hospital" might be appropriate.

So if any hospital will do "to hospital", if a specific hospital "to the hospital".
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