We say: a child goes to school or is at school (as a pupil). I wonder if an article is necessary in this sentence:

“I have already chosen a school for my daughter.” “Really? Are you sending her to a public or private school?”

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We speak about going to school, college or university in general, meaning going to an educational institution.

We say: I'm going to fetch my children from school, meaning from their place of education rather than the specific school they are attending.

But when talking about a specific school, such as one you have chosen for your daughter, you have selected a school.

You could say you have selected the school to which you intend to send your daughter - or a school to which you intend to send your daughter..

In this context both articles would be correct.

Once she begins attending there, she is going to school (meaning to be educated) at the school (meaning the particular institution that) you have selected.

This is likely to be a good school.

  • But I don't think public or private is necessarily specific enough. People say things like I went to public school or I sent my kid to private school. We can turn those sentences into interrogatives and say Did you send your kid to private school?. However, I'd say in the sentence given by the asker, the speaker is more likely to say a public school because the previous sentence contains a school.
    – user3395
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 21:06

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