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Two years ago, lettuce contaminated with e-coli put more than 100 people in the hospital/hospitals.

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"..in the hospital." is more common.
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This is one of the very first differences I learned about BrE and AmE. In the U.S., you do not say "in hospital." You always use the "the."
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Thanks, Vorpar.
New2grammarTwo years ago, lettuce contaminated with e-coli put more than 100 people in the hospital/hospitals.

Which is better?
Thanks.

Two years ago, lettuce contaminated with e-coli put more than 100 people in the hospital/hospitals

In the hospital if we know which hospital in particular. In hospital if it is a general statement.
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New2grammarTwo years ago, lettuce contaminated with e-coli put more than 100 people in the hospital/hospitals.

Two years ago, lettuce contaminated with e-coli put more than 100 people in the hospital/hospital.

'To me, '... in hospital" (BrE); "... in the hospital' (AmE)

Jane's in hospital. (as a patient)

I left my coat in the hospital when I was visiting Jane.

(Practical English Usage by Michael Swan)
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