He studied physics at the university.

・前置詞"at"、"in"、"on"、"to"の目的語に"school"、"church"、 "hospital"などの場所を表す名詞がなり、前置詞句が具体的な場所を示すのではなく、本来の目的や機能を示す場合、冠詞が付かない。しかし、"university"と"hospital"の前には"the"が付く。

[正]My son is still in school and will be graduating this year.
[誤]My son is still in the school and will be graduating this year.

[正]He studied physics at the university.
[誤]He studied physics at university.
[正]John is sick in the hospital.
[誤]John is sick in hospital.

・イギリス英語においては、前置詞"at"、"in"、"on"、"to"の目的語に"school"、"church"、 "hospital"などの場所を表す名詞がなり、前置詞句が具体的な場所を示すのではなく、本来の目的や機能を示す場合、冠詞が付かない。

[英]My son is still at school and will be graduating this year.
[誤]My son is still at the school and will be graduating this year.

[誤]He studied physics at the university.
[英]He studied physics at university.
[誤]John is ill in the hospital.
[英]John is ill in hospital.

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