I've searched all the internet, but mostly the explanation was so different from one another that i couldn't come up with one conclusion.
I know in some cases, articles are not needed between 'to' and 'location', if the location is used in a proper way like:
I go to school, He goes to church
Except for that cases, i usually use 'the' between 'to' and 'location' like:
I go to the bank, I go to the store
So here's my question. Why do we use Definite Articles in that cases, even though we use Definite Articles when a listener and I know something the same? I can assume it is natural to use 'the', while talking with a friend who lives in the same area(because he knows what 'the store' i mentioned is.) How can we use 'I went to the store yesterday' instead of 'I went to a store yesterday' to the people who I met first, or the teacher who lives in a far place from me? Is it just an idiomatic expression?
I keep studying english, so my writing can be awkward. I'm sorry for that in advance.