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Difference between "in town" & "in the town"

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amaj

The below mentioned example sentence from one of the exercise in this site. Why there is no definite article "the" before the word "town"?

Were there any pubs in town

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PHIL73

Hello Amaj,

I think the question in the example above is related to "this town" or "our town". In the town would mean that you're speaking about  another specific town that you would have mentioned before.

But it's only my opinion, and I hope it has helped

 

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Chary

Hello Amaj,

The can be used before town, if it explains about some location.

for example :

” The concert is in the town”.

If it does not explain about any location and instead, is used in general purpose, we should not use “the” before the places.

Hopefully I have answered your question correctly.

Have a good day,

Hari Kiran.

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Minoo

Thank you for your answers, Phil and Hari.

You're both right. 'in town' is an expression like 'at home', 'at school', 'in hospital'. The speaker and listener know which town they're referring to.  

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