Any English experts out there?
Why is hospital some sometimes not preceded by the articles the or a? Most people that speak British English would say "I was taken to hospital", instead of "I was taken to a hospital" or "I was taken to the hospital". But I have been noticing a log of Americans dropping the article too. Is there any reason for dropping the article, other than laziness?
I also find it interesting that most people would say "I was taken to the hospital" or "I need to go to the store", as if there is only one.
OK language professors, weigh in.