moodywop said:I think Fox meant that in AE the definite article is used: he's in the hospital.
In BE the only lines we have are those printed on lined paper, those drawn, those on which trains run, those that always come down in bad weather and make our telephones useless, and those we hang the washing on.foxfirebrand said:I guess I'm hallucinating or something-- you guys do say on line instead of in line, don't you? I could swear I've heard "standing on queue" before-- I don't remember everything I've ever heard, but I find it hard to "unremember" anything that strikes my ear as weird-- and then turns out to be correct, such as "on line" or "in hospital."
In AE, there is no "in hospital". We say, "in the hospital" for everything, although "at the hospital" makes it very clear that you are not a patient there.You still haven't told me the AE equivalent to in hospital?
I speak BE. Iwould say "in hospital", Wishfull.Hi, every one, thanks in advance,
My friend broke his right leg at a soccer match the day before yesterday. I've heard that he took operation yesterday. I'm going to visit him (in hospital/ in the hospital).
Please somebody tells me which do you choose in this context?
It's not quite the same for me, Panj. He is himself "in hospital" because he is having an operation. This is so whether or not I know which hospital he is in. If I pay him a visit, I visit him in hospital. I could say "in the hospital", but only if the particular hospital has been identified earlier in the conversation.I'm BE too.
I would say that he is in hospital.
I would say that I am going to visit him in the hospital.
Why the difference?
In the first case, I am not talking about a specific hospital - I don't know which hospital he is in.
In the second case, I am talking about a specific hospital - it is the hospital that my friend is in.
(Good to see the old topics come round again )
Hi, thank you all.
I'll try to specify the context as following;
My friend broke his right leg at a soccer match 7 days ago. An ambulance brought him to ABC general hospital. I've heard that he took an operation at once. I've heard that he will be discharged in 14 days. So I'm going to visit him in hospital/in the hospital.
In this context, all you agree with in the hospital, don't you?
Or is in hospital still OK even in this context?