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I would be happy if anybody can tell me which sentence is correct.

1. I watch television.

2. I watch the television.

Thanks,

Wendy
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Hi,

I would be happy if anybody can tell me which sentence is correct.

1. I watch television. This is correct, in the sense that it is what we normally say and mean. It refers to TV in a general way. eg I'm going to watch television tonight.

2. I watch the television. This is correct English, but it sounds like you sit in your living room and watch the television but not the table or the chair. In other words, it suggests that you are talking about your specific, physical TV.

Best wishes, Clive
I watch television means you watch the content of programs which are broadcast on television.
I watch the televisionmeans that you watch an object capable of being operated to bring you television programs; presumably you watch the television to make sure that it doesn't fall on the floor or to make sure that no one steals it. Emotion: smile

CJ
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you mean "keeping an eye on it!"?Emotion: smile

- Do you listen to the radio?

- Do you listen to radio?

What is the difference?
Hi,

you mean "keeping an eye on it!"? I knew a girl who kept her wig in the bathroom, her artificial leg on top of the refrigerator and her (glass) eye on the TV. (ha-ha)

- Do you listen to the radio? This is what we say.

- Do you listen to radio? This sounds odd. Perhaps it's because TV is more popular, more ubiquitous, that we say 'Do you watch TV' without the article.

Best wishes, Clive
Diamondrg,

Good observation! The usage for "radio" is not normally the same as the usage for "TV".
I suppose that that's because a TV is visible even when not in operation, but a radio is not audible when not in operation. Emotion: smile

Nevertheless, I don't feel that my intuitions about English are too severely stressed by "I listen to radio". I would accept it if someone said it.

CJ
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I once heard that the collocation of "THE radio" was established as idiomatic because everyone in an area was obliged to listen to THE same program when the radio broadcasting started. On the other hand, as for TV, people had two or three choices of channels even at the early time of TV broadcasting.

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CalifJimDiamondrg,

Nevertheless, I don't feel that my intuitions about English are too severely stressed by "I listen to radio". I would accept it if someone said it.

CJ

About that, unfortunately my intuitions remain silent. Emotion: smile
Hi, are you Clive Bellis?
I'm Pedro from Albacete
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