Sometimes we do not use the or a/ an/ some/ any at the beginning of a noun phrase; we use nothing at all.
With most names of people, places and times (Lesson 48).
We all need water to live. NOT the water
Life is hard. NOT the life
Doctors cure sick people. NOT the doctors
With mass nouns:
and plural nouns:
We are students.
BUT with singular nouns:
I am a student/ It is a cup.
He has breakfast at six. NOT the breakfast
Why don't you stay for lunch? NOT the lunch
I think I've got flu. NOT the flu
We went by bus. NOT the bus
He was in bed. NOT the school
They went to school early. NOT the school
She's in hospital with a broken leg.
Also with church, prison, university
SOME TIMES OF DAY
at night, at midnight, at sunrise
BUT in the morning, in the afternoon
BUT use the if you are saying which.
We went by the 7:45 bus.
She's in the hospital on Yonge Street.
NOTICE: The, or a/ any/ some/ any, or nothing? (Lesson 54)