"In hospital" and "In a hospital"
November 5, 2012 5:34 PM Subscribe
What is the name of the technical difference between "In *a* hospital" and "In hospital"?
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The British say, "The famous footballer is in hospital, after injuring his ego." The Americans say "The famous soccer player in *a/the* hospital, after injuring his ego."
What is the technical term for the different ways in which the word hospital is being used?
Is that the British are using "hospital" as a proper noun, while the Americans are not?