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#1
hey,

today our english teacher(I'm from germany) told us that one has to use a definite article when you say that you play a musical instrument.


For example:

I play the guitar.


But wtf?! Ive never read this here before!? I only see people write "I play guitar" ?!


Whats right?
#3
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Both.
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#4
English language is fucked up.

Both are acceptable.

I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.
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#5
You can use both. Soy uo both win. But you can bum her(or him) out by daying both... lol good luck!
#8
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English language is fucked up.

Both are acceptable.

I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.

No, they don't.
"I am going to eat" means you will eat in the future.
"I am eating" means that you are eating right now.
"I eat" means that, in general, you eat.
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#9
Quote by bLiNk182fOrLyF
English language is fucked up.

Both are acceptable.

I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.


no they dont. I eat means that you take part in eating in your daily life. i am eating means you are eating right this second and i am going to eat means you plan on eating.

edit: damn beaten to it
#10
Quote by t3gan
No, they don't.
"I am going to eat" means you will eat in the future.
"I am eating" means that you are eating right now.
"I eat" means that, in general, you eat.


agreed
#11
It's more grammatically correct to say "I play the guitar" but the other is acceptable.
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#13
Quote by t3gan
No, they don't.
"I am going to eat" means you will eat in the future.
"I am eating" means that you are eating right now.
"I eat" means that, in general, you eat.




t3gan learnd his english real good
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#15
Technically, you need the article there to be completely correct, so your teacher is right. But, it still works without it, it's just not completely proper english. No one actually speaks completely proper english.
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#16
Quote by bLiNk182fOrLyF
English language is fucked up.

Both are acceptable.

I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.


I think you need to go back to the first grade.
#18
If you're being formal, you need to use the definite article. Dropping 'the' is familiar usage so should generally be avoided when you're writing essays and such.
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#19
I play the guitar is more formal I would say and probably the better response to 'what instrument do you play?', whereas I play guitar would be if you were with friends etc
#20
It doesn't matter if you write it grammatically correct, the jist is the same..

I play guitar, I play the guitar = I have a guitar in my room and I play it regardless of how I should write it grammatically correct.
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#22
Its I play THE guitar, you wouldnt say, I play computer. You can however say I play football.

When you talk about an object you should say 'the'.
#23
Quote by bLiNk182fOrLyF
English language is fucked up.

Both are acceptable.

I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.


No it isn't. You're using different tenses; present/future.

Don't **** it up like that -.-

But yeah, the actual correct way to say it is "I play the guitar".


EDIT: Beat to it :O
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#24
the propper way to say it is i play the guitar,but you know, you can say anything anyway aslong as it makes sense in the end...
#25
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Its I play THE guitar, you wouldnt say, I play computer. You can however say I play football.

When you talk about an object you should say 'the'.


A football is an object.
#26
I sometimes say both now that I think of it
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#27
formal = i play the guitar
informal = i play guitar.
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A football is an object.


Football is also the name of the game.
Which I think, he's reffering to that context.
#29
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I eat.
I am eating.
I am going to eat.

All mean the same thing.



no they do not.

"I eat" means that eating is something that you do regularly.

"I am eating" means you are eating right now.

"I am going to eat" means you will eat in the future.
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A football is an object.

A guitar is an object...
And both are ok.
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#32
It's like saying "I play instruments." It doesn't sound right to say "I read book," but you can say "I read books." Maybe originally it sounded weird to say it that way for guitar, but the language changed, and why it never did for books, I don't know.

Here's something I recently started to notice: Some people say things like "I went to hospital" or "I go to university" but to me that sounds wrong. You have to say "went to a hospital."
But "I go to school" sounds fine to me.

How do you say it? "I go to university", or "I go to a university"?
#33
just adding that 'the' in there makes you sound like a noob to me haha.
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#35
Technically I play the guitar is right, but nobody would notice, in fact it'd be just as widely accepted to say I play guitar.
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#36
Don't ask native english speakers about grammar...the reason we're all so bollocks at learning foreign languages is that most people don't know or care how our language works. The average bloke in the street wouldn't be able to tell you what a definate article was if you beat him around the head with a large foam one...

And it's "I play the guitar". "I play guitar" is not correct, it's just understood.
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#38
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Here's something I recently started to notice: Some people say things like "I went to hospital" or "I go to university" but to me that sounds wrong. You have to say "went to a hospital."
But "I go to school" sounds fine to me.

How do you say it? "I go to university", or "I go to a university"?



"I go to university" is fine because you're not being specific about which university, just like saying 'school'. I don't know why one would sound any different to you However, I think it sounds better to say "I attend/am in university". (In general conversation).

"I go to a university" sounds awkward to me. Might as well just say "I go to (insert name of) university".
#39
"I play the guitar" is correct, gramatically, but leaving the article off is fine in an informal sense.

In the UK, people would find it completely grammatical to leave off the article when talking about going to hospital "I went to hospital" but americans use the. Alllll the time
#40
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No, they don't.
"I am going to eat" means you will eat in the future.
"I am eating" means that you are eating right now.
"I eat" means that, in general, you eat.


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