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Usually the article the is omitted before nouns when we refer to an object with its general meaning.

Example bedroom, home, temple, school

But when we talk about any specific object it cannot be omitted.

I think the following two examples are correct but their meaning is different

I went to the temple with my parents, my aunts and my cousins.

I went to temple with my parents, my aunts and my cousins.

But in the first sentence we are talking about a specific temple and in the second one any temple in general.

Am I right?

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I went to the temple with my parents, my aunts and my cousins.

This would only imply that you physically visited a building (temple).

I went to temple with my parents, my aunts and my cousins.

This would imply that you visited a temple and were engaged in regular worship services.


There are other examples for this:

He went to school.

This means that he went to school to study and learn new things.

He went to the school.

This means that he physically visited the premises for other purposes.

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