My teacher told me, go to school is a fixed phrasal verb used to express the idea of someone coming to a school to do his studies while go to the school suggests someone coming to a school not to study something, he comes to do something else other than study.
Could anyone shed some light on these for me, please?
I understand that Mr. Bill.
Mr. Alan, if we put them together as in your example, they clearly make sense, however, could I ask if there is any situation where “go to the school” stands alone and covers the meaning as I mentioned above, please?
I don’t like this example. It confuses pupils at school.I’ve heard this example since I was on 5th form.
This is how I understand it:
I go to school. - going to the place where you study .
I go to the school- when I’m talking about the building (construction), which place is known exactly.
‘Go’ is the verb. ‘Go to school’ is an expression suggesting you are going to learn. In the same way you say: Go to work, suggesting that you are employed and are starting work. When you use the definite article with ‘school’, you are simply saying that you are making your way to a place which is a school. Look at these:
Charlie is a student and goes to school every day.
Charlie’s mother isn’t a student and is going to the school (the one that Charlie goes to) in order to speak to the head teacher of the school.