Fri 23 Oct, 2015 11:07 pm
We can use home without the, but if we consider campus as a thing of this kind, can we omit the?
-I shall return back to __ campus with just enough time to get some food.
One example I can think of is the fixed phrase on campus, without the, but I don't know any other example that can be used to support the omission of the.
Well, there's "off campus," as in "She preferred to live off campus for the privacy it afforded her." This is another case where i question why there would be a blank there at all. Leave the blank blank, and you have a coherent sentence.
Other than the two examples of on campus and off campus, i agree that one woul most likely see campus preceded by the definite article.
"Back" is superfluous. I'd say "return to campus" if i'd recenly left it. I gather Setanta woud ut a the in there. That's okay too. Therer's uaually not just one way to say something.
Excellent answers. Thank you.
Off piste, off message, it's quite a common construct.
Um...what do you mean by 'it'?
This subject which we are discussing.
We are discussing the lack of 'the' before 'campus'; do you mean you disagree with Setanta and you think that 'return to __ campus' without 'the' is a common construct in UK English?
You don't seem to be paying attention. I certainly did not say "the" is required to make the original sentence coherent. In fact, i said just the opposite. I said that the blank was superfluous and that the sentence was fine as written.