Unit 53: NOUNS WITHOUT THE OR A
Sometimes we do not use the or a/ an/ some/ any at the beginning of a noun phrase; we use nothing at all.
With most names of people, places and times (Unit 48).
We all need food to live. NOT the food
Cooking is difficult. NOT the cooking
Chefs feed hungry people. NOT the chefs
With mass nouns:
and plural nouns:
We are dishwashers.
BUT with singular nouns:
I am a dishwasher/ It is a sink.
Talking about meals
He has breakfast at six. NOT the breakfast
Why don't you stay for lunch? NOT the lunch
Talking about illnesses
I think I've got flu. NOT the flu
After prepositionsWhen we are talking about:
We went by bus. NOT the bus
He was in bed. NOT the bed
They went to work early. NOT the work
She's in prison with a life sentence.
Also with church, university
SOME TIMES OF DAY
at night, at midnight, at sunrise
BUT in the morning, in the afternoon
BUT use the if you are saying which.
We went by the 7:45 bus.
She's in the hospital on Yonge Street.
NOTICE: The, or a/ any/ some/ any, or nothing? (Unit 54)