I have a sentence which looks as if it may have some grammar rules problems.

Can someone correct it according to British English rules?

I am going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone the operation.

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  • close proofreading. (dont vote down, click to close) – Fattie May 20 '15 at 8:30

The sentence is grammatically correct. By using the definite article the operation, I assume it was a very specific operation which the listener will already know about. Otherwise the indefinite article would normally be used.

And in Britain although we talk about a patient being in hospital, visitors usually go to the hospital. Saying you are going to hospital suggests you are going as a patient.

  • so we can write like this Going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone an operation please guide. – Sohail Qureshi May 20 '15 at 8:20
  • I would suggest I am going to the hospital to see a friend who has undergone an operation. – WS2 May 20 '15 at 9:25
  • Please explain why you used an instead of the – Sohail Qureshi May 20 '15 at 12:48
  • @SohailQureshi If the listener knew all about the operation that the friend was due to have, then it would be correct to talk about the operation. But if he/she did not know the friend and anything about an operation, then it would be an operation. For understanding when to use the definite and when the indefinite article, you probably need to visit the EL& L site. – WS2 May 20 '15 at 20:16

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