Why do people say "Canon are"

Started Aug 29, 2008 | Discussions thread
Steve Balcombe
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Re: Why do people say
In reply to Ben_Egbert, Aug 31, 2008

Ben_Egbert wrote:

Lately I have also noticed that the English media is dropping "the"
from their sentences. For example, a broadcaster will say, "he was
taken to hospital" intead of "to the hospital" or "to a hospital."

Thats because "the" adds nothing to the sentence, leaving it out does
not lose any information.

That's not the reason - it's because "taken to hospital" refers to the state of being hospitalised. It's similar to "going to bed" for example. "Taken to the hospital" is also correct but it means something different - if you were visiting a patient and went by taxi, you would have been "taken to the hospital" by the taxi.

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