Student or Learner
please can you answer my about my quastion ?
Why do rivers nams, like the Rhine and the Danube take the definite article ???
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Some scholars, I believe, say that one uses "the" because there is a
word in the mind of the speaker: river.
(a) In other words, when you say:
"I think the Rhine is beautiful," you are really saying:
"I think the Rhine river is beautiful."
If you removed the word "Rhine," then the sentence would be:
"I think the river is beautiful." (You would never say: I think river is
Which river is beautiful? The Rhine river is/ The Rhine is.
(This information is credited to Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-
Freeman in their widely respected book entitled The Grammar Book.)