February Quick Tip: Nature
Spring is coming soon, and it is finally almost time to get back to the nature – or is it? Misusing the word nature is a very common mistake for Czech speakers of English. Here are some tips to help you decide which word to use.
First of all, we don't use “the” with nature in English. It is always just nature. We treat it like a name, so it doesn't need any articles. You wouldn't call your friend The Adam, would you?
Not a Place
Nature in English is a word describing something abstract. Nature is wind, water, fire, and weather. It is the way animals think and live (and human nature is the way people think and live). But it is not a place. You cannot go to nature, because nature is everywhere. Occasionally, an English speaker will talk about getting back to nature, but they are talking about something abstract, like a change in their lifestyle or an escape from city life.
Some Other Words
So where can you go? When, in Czech, you would say you're going to nature, in English you have to be more specific. Here are a few possible places you might be going:
If you don't want to be specific, you can also try these phrases:
getting out of the city for a while.
-I'm going to get away from it all this weekend.
-My friends and I are going hiking / camping.
-My family is taking a short trip for a few days.