Do you say take a bath or have a bath centox?
Even though I'm used to it, I don't understand why Americans say they go to school, but not to "the" school, yet we say we go to "the" hospital. It's noticeable to my ears when you say you "went to hospital"[/quote]
Oddly enough, I think I generally say have a bath but take a shower. We Brits might say go to the hospital if we mean the building, e.g. to work or visit a patient, but we go in or into hospital for medical treatment, and we are in hospital while that is happening, and then we are out of hospital. You might say the same about prison. Incidentally, in Britain, "jail" and "prison" mean the same thing.