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    "The" - buildings/structures

    Greetings.

    Why do we say

    "The Golden Gate Bridge" or "The Eiffel Tower" but ...
    "London Bridge" or "Tokyo Tower" ?

    and ...

    "The White House" but "Buckingham Palace" ?

    Whats the rule plz for using "the ´ when referring to structures/buildings.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Noel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nipporinoel View Post
    Greetings.

    Why do we say

    "The Golden Gate Bridge" or "The Eiffel Tower" but ...
    "London Bridge" or "Tokyo Tower" ?

    and ...

    "The White House" but "Buckingham Palace" ?

    Whats the rule plz for using "the ´ when referring to structures/buildings.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Noel.
    The rule is to use ‘the’ when the noun describes a unique person, place, or thing. You can use definite article before ‘London bridge’ or “Bukingham palace” because there is one London bridge or one Bukingham palace

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    Re: "The" - buildings/structures

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The rule is to use ‘the’ when the noun describes a unique person, place, or thing. You can use definite article before ‘London bridge’ or “Bukingham palace” because there is one London bridge or one Bukingham palace
    sarat, I'm sorry, but this is not true. We do NOT say "The Buckingham Palace."

    I'm unable to come up with a rule. The Eiffel Tower was named for M. Eiffel, so while Eiffel's Tower would sound fine, just "Eiffel Tower" does not.

    I don't know why.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nipporinoel View Post
    Greetings.

    Why do we say

    "The Golden Gate Bridge" or "The Eiffel Tower" but ...
    "London Bridge" or "Tokyo Tower" ?

    and ...

    "The White House" but "Buckingham Palace" ?

    Whats the rule plz for using "the ´ when referring to structures/buildings.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Noel.
    ********** NOT a teacher **********

    Hello, Noel.

    (1) I have bad news: there is no one rule that covers all

    "structures/buildings."

    (2) The more you read, the more you will learn when native

    speakers use the and when they do not.

    (a) When I was young, we always said: The Ukraine is a beautiful

    country. Today in the United States, it sounds "funny" to use the!!!

    (3) When you are in doubt, just post the name of the structure or building

    here, and someone will tell you what most native speakers use.

    (4) I have checked my books and the Web, and I now present my

    findings to you:

    *****

    Why "London Bridge" but "The Golden Gate Bridge"?

    Mr. L. G. Alexander in the Longman English Grammar explains the

    difference like this:

    The is sometimes part of the title, and sometimes, not.

    (I'm sorry, but --as we Americans say -- that is how the

    cookie crumbles. In other words, that is how things are, and

    we cannot do anything about it!!!)

    *****

    Why doesn't Buckingham Palace have a the?

    Professor Quirk in A Comprehensive Grammar of the English

    Language (which some people think is the best big grammar) says:

    the rule is: proper noun + common noun. No the.

    Buckingham (many years ago, there was a Duke of Buckingham = proper


    noun) + palace (common noun).

    Of course, the Professor reminds us that there are exceptions to that

    "rule"!!!

    Mr. David Appleyard on the Web says that we do not use the for "most"

    (his word) places with just a name + noun:

    Buckingham + Palace

    Kennedy + Airport

    Waterloo + Station.

    *****

    Tokyo Tower. Why no the?

    I googled it, and it seems that people have decided not to use the.

    *****

    The White House. Why a the?

    Mr. Appleyard says the "rule" is:

    the + noun/adjective + noun.

    Therefore:

    the + White (adjective) + House.

    His other examples include: The Empire State Building, The British

    Museum, etc.

    *****

    Why The Eiffel Tower?

    One reason may (may!!!) be that the French is La tour Eiffel.

    Another reason is that there is only one Eiffel Tower in the world.

    How does the world-famous and world-respected BBC (British Broadcasting

    Corporation) explain it? It says (I quote its website and the last two

    words were put in bold by the BBC -- not by me):

    It is more a case of Learn It.

    (In other words, forget the "rules" and just memorize building by

    building!!!)

    THANK YOU

    P. S.

    You did not ask, but I thought you would like this "rule" which

    actually seems to work most of the time: Use the if there is an of-phrase:

    The Tower of London

    The House of Commons

    The Great Wall of China

    The Statue of Liberty
    Last edited by TheParser; 18-Aug-2010 at 22:54.

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