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    the River Neva/the Neva River ??

    Hello!

    I'd love to find out if there are any rules regarding the use of geographical names of rivers along with the common noun in a sentence. For example, what should I say:

    ... on the River Thames (1)
    or ....on the Thames River? (2)

    We say Lake Ontario, Mount Everest, but the Aegean Sea. When I googled the phrase, the majority of hits were in favour of (1). However, I found out there were different alternatives for 'the Seine":

    on the river Seine
    on the Seine river

    and there're four alternatives for the Neva , the river that my hometown is on. Of course, Google doesn't have a monopoly on truth, but I'm really eager to avoid any mistakes when speaking about it.
    I'd be grateful if anyone could shed some light on this.

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    Re: the River Neva/the Neva River ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    ... on the River Thames (1)
    or ....on the Thames River? (2)
    #1 is the normal order, though you may see #2 when it is used adjectivally: Thames River Police.

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    Re: the River Neva/the Neva River ??

    #2 is normal in America. The Mississippi River.

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    Re: the River Neva/the Neva River ??

    Thank you!
    There're no rules

    Does that mean that
    -The city is on the River Neva would be preferred in BrE

    whereas

    The city is on the River Neva/the Neva River would be ok in AmE?

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    Re: the River Neva/the Neva River ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    -The city is on the River Neva would be preferred in BrE
    Yes, but if it suddenly appeared in news reports as the Neva River, that's what it would be.

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