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I have always thought that by adding the definite article 'the', it sounds much better and grammatically speaking, the story revolves around a particular wonderland, right? Why then is it Alice in wonderland?
A daft question but I'd love to hear your sharing. thanks
Of course Alice in the Germany is not correct. Germany is a proper noun.
wonderland noun - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
Wonderland, even if one has not checked a dictionary, seems more like a common noun and 'the' may be appropriate if we are referring to a particular one.
It is a proper noun.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I think Gillnetter's logic is right, but I suppose that Lewis Carroll could have used the article if he wanted to, though it strikes me as better without it.
I wonder whether the generic term 'wonderland' even existed before Lewis Carroll coined it for a particular place (of course, when I say 'place' it didn't actually exist; it was in a fictional work, and even within that fictional work it was dreamed.)