In some common fixed expressions of place, time and movement countable nouns are normally treated as uncountables, without articles. Here are the most common expressions of this kind.

With place nouns, similar expressions with articles may have different meanings.


  • I met her at college. (When we were students)
  • I met her at the college. (The college is just a meeting place.)

In American English, university and hospital are not used without articles.

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