- My niece is in hospital.
- My niece is in the hospital.
Both the sentences look good to me. Is there any difference between the two sentences?
Although I know the difference but the real question is how would the use of article 'the' create that difference? How would you justify that?
As far as I have learned, the first sentence means that my niece is in hospital as a patient, whereas the second sentence means that my niece is in the hospital, but not necessarily as a patient. How does 'the' account for this difference between the meanings?