Belated reply re: "the" wife

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 9 16:35:40 UTC 1999

--- "A. Vine" <avine at ENG.SUN.COM> wrote:
> RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> But "in the hospital" is an expression, having no
> bearing on whether there is
> one or many area hospital(s).  Not sure if "in the
> bed" is an expression in your
> example.
> Andrea
But it may have its origin in a time when even having
ONE hospital available was a big deal for most people!
 (Whereas during the same period all but the poorest
households might easily have had at least two beds.)




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