Special Case in the Use of Definite Article

Certain nouns refer to either a place/object or to an activity. When they refer to an activity, do not use the definite article.

 

ACTIVITY

Examples:

• I go to bed at 11 o’clock.

(go to) bed = sleeping

• She went to school for many years.

(went to) school = studying 

• I shower before breakfast.

breakfast = having meal 

• They are at church.

(at) church = praying 

• She is in class.

(in) class = studying 

 

OBJECT – indicates a place

Examples:

• Don’t jump on the bed.

• The school was too small.

• The breakfast was delicious.

• The church is very old.

• The class is in Room 102.

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