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Certain words denoting places in English can be used with or without the definite article following a preposition. If the article is absent the word indicates the function of the place rather than just the place itself when the article is present, e.g.:

He's at college = He's studying.

He's at the college = He's at the college building (probably doing something else).

For each gap choose one of the prepositions below and one of the place words. Put them in with or without the definite article depending on the meaning.

at, on, in, to  -  church, college, court (2), home, hospital, prison, school, town, university

When I was a boy (1) I used to play tennis. I used to love being (2) playing tennis all day, but I failed all my exams because I didn't study. Then, when I was sixteen I decided to go (3) and prepare for the university entry exams.

Later, when I was (4) I got into trouble when I went on a demonstration. There was a lot of fighting with the police and I was arrested. When I appeared (5) I was fined a hundred pounds and conditionally discharged. I was very relieved because I didn't want to end up (6) and get a criminal record.

Soon after that I was in a nightclub (7) one evening and met a lovely girl who worked as a nurse (8) . We fell in love and last week we got married (9) at the end of our road. Now we're looking forward to a quiet life (10) together.