Bed / home / work / town

(This is an extract from my book: A’ and ‘The’ Explained)

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Bed

Bed is a strange word! If we don't use an article, it means a place where we sleep, not a particular object:

But when we are thinking about a bed as an object, we use articles in the normal way:

Home

The word home is also a bit strange. We usually use 'no article':

*Notice we don't need to with 'go home' (not 'go to home'). But we can use an article with home when it means 'the building that somebody lives (or used to live) in'. In this case we use articles in the normal way: [It's also possible to use 'home' as short for 'retirement home' or similar expression. We use articles in the normal way: Her grandmother is too frail to stay in her own house, so she lives in a (retirement) home.]

Work (used as a noun)

When we use 'work' to mean a place, then we don't need to use an article:

When we use 'work' to mean a project that we are working on now, 'work' is a normal uncountable noun. So, we can use 'the' if we are talking about some specific work that the listener knows about: [An exception is when work means a piece of art/literature/music. In this case work is a normal countable noun].

Town

When we are thinking about the town centre near to us, we often use 'no article' with certain expressions:

Town can also be a normal noun: Try an exercise about this here.
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