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    using 'the' with some geographical names


    According to what all grammars say, we should use 'the' with the names of canals.
    the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal.

    In the city where I live there's a canal called "Griboedov Canal' (after a well-known Russian playwright). Should I refer to it as 'THE Griboedov Canal" or just 'Griboedov Canal"? The question arose after I saw a Wiki artcile where the definite article was omitted. Is that the author's mistake or is there something that my grammars keep quiet about? Google also gave a surprising number of hits where the afticle was omitted as well.

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by Verona_82; 19-Nov-2010 at 19:56.

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