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    hello

    hello
    please can you answer my about my quastion ?

    Why do rivers nams, like the Rhine and the Danube take the definite article ???

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    Re: hello

    Quote Originally Posted by aness81 View Post
    Hello
    Please can you answer my question?

    Why do rivers names, like the Rhine and the Danube take the definite article ???
    What makes you think that they shouldn't?

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    Re: hello

    Quote Originally Posted by aness81 View Post
    hello
    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

    beautiful.)

    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.)

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