What is the difference betwen the following sentences:

1.John is in hospital

2.John is at hospital

asked Apr 30 '13 at 15:12 frederico New member

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Both sound odd to my ear. In the US, we always use an article before "hospital", but I know that British English does not. The difference between "in" and "at" here is what John is doing. If he has been admitted to the hospital (he is a patient in a room), then he is in the hospital. If he is there for some other purpose, such as a visit or for work, then he is at the hospital.

link comment answered Apr 30 '13 at 15:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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