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thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:28 am   thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison
 

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ESL/EFL Test #42 "American Slang Words (16)", question 4

The armed robbers were quickly apprehended and then thrown in the slammer.

(a) prison
(b) cold
(c) work camp

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #42 "American Slang Words (16)", answer 4

The armed robbers were quickly apprehended and then thrown in the prison.

Correct answer: (a) prison

Your answer was: correct
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What is a better way to put it, considering the context of the sentence:
a. He was thrown in prison
b. He was thrown in the prison ?

Many thanks !
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thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 04, 2008 13:08 pm   thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison
 

Hi Alex

If the reference is not to a particular prison, you would omit the word 'the' as follows:

- thrown in prison
- thrown in jail

BUT if you use 'slammer', you need to include the word 'the'.

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thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison #3 (permalink) Mon Aug 04, 2008 14:02 pm   thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison
 

Yankee wrote:
Hi Alex

If the reference is not to a particular prison, you would omit the word 'the' as follows:

.

Hi, Amy

That is the reason why I picked up on the definite article before the word "prison" in the test sentence :) - definitely we don't have in mind any particular prison, do we?

I understand that we can only say "to throw somebody in the slammer", but why do we have to say The armed robbers were quickly apprehended and then thrown in the prison ? Maybe it is a misprint ?
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thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison #4 (permalink) Mon Aug 04, 2008 14:17 pm   thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison
 

Hi Alex

Yes, the way the test question is currently programmed is a bit misleading. That problem could possibly be solved this way, for example:

Quote:
The armed robbers were quickly apprehended and then thrown in the slammer.

(a) in prison
(b) into cold storage
(c) in the work camp


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I got a little carried away with option (b)... :lol:
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thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison #5 (permalink) Mon Aug 04, 2008 14:54 pm   thrown in prision vs. thrown in the prison
 

We've removed the article and so the sentence will soon read "... in prison".

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