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    Exclamation the Niagara fall or Niagara fall

    Hi there;

    Do native speakers use "the" before "Niagara fall" ?

    Does "the" precede "FALL" ? {i mean we say fall or the fall.}

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    Default Re: the Niagara fall or Niagara fall

    Yes we do use 'the' before Niagara Falls. The noun is Falls and the adjective is Niagara. As there is only one set of Niagara Falls we use the definitive article 'the'

    The may precede fall if it is referring to something we already know about or is US English the Fall is Autumn (everybody in the US knows it is Autumn and the Fall refers to the time of year) again definite article.

    Hope this helps

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    Default Re: the Niagara fall or Niagara fall

    Quote Originally Posted by frenchbob View Post
    Yes we do use 'the' before Niagara Falls. The noun is Falls and the adjective is Niagara. As there is only one set of Niagara Falls we use the definitive article 'the'

    The may precede fall if it is referring to something we already know about or is US English the Fall is Autumn (everybody in the US knows it is Autumn and the Fall refers to the time of year) again definite article.

    Hope this helps
    The following is taken from American Webster's Dictionary:

    1. A city of southeast Ontario, Canada, on the Niagara River opposite Niagara Falls, New York. It is a port of entry and an important industrial center. Population: 70,960. 2. A city of western New York on the Niagara River north-northwest of Buffalo. Occupied by the French in the 1680s, captured by the British in 1759, and settled by Americans in 1805, it was held by the British during the War of 1812. Tourism is a mainstay of its economy. Population: 61,840.

    From this definition, you can see that there is no THE before Niagara Falls, but there is THE before Niagara River. In fact, when you say the falls to mean Niagara Falls, you do use THE (The falls).

    One way to find out this kind of answer is to use the Internet. Find a reliable source, like a good dictionary and see whether they use THE or not. Hope this helps.

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    Forgot to mention that you have to use "S" after fall, as it refers to a set of falls, noy just one fall.

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    Wink Re: the Niagara fall or Niagara fall

    wow thanks a bounch .that was nice.

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    Default Re: the Niagara fall or Niagara fall

    I am a resident of the city of Niagara Falls, New York.

    We do not use "the" before "Niagara Falls" when referring to the city or the natural wonder nearby. We do capitalize both words.

    Interestingly, "the" is used when referring to "the Niagara River", "the Niagara Escarpment", "the Niagara Peninsula", and "the Falls" or "the Falls at Niagara", but never with "Niagara Falls."

    Facts about Niagara Falls

    And thanks for not mispelling it "Niagra".

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