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  1. Comfy's Avatar
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    The...

    Hi everybody,
    I really need to know about the usage of "the".Specially with some proper nouns,I'll be so glad to know where I can learn it!? Thank you so much.

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    Re: The...

    Hello and welcome to Using English.
    It's hard to answer such a broad question. Articles are vey, very difficult in English and I personally believe that a natural feeling of when to use a, the, or no article at all is the last barrier to native-level fluency.

    However, when it comes to proper nouns, you will always be able to look it up. How does that oranization refer to itself?

    In general (and you'll find exceptions), oceans and rivers use "the" (the Pacific, the Nile), lakes do not (except the Great Salt Lake). In general, deserts do (the Gobi, the Saraha, mountains don't (Mount Everest), but mountain chains do (the Alps, the Andes).
    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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    Re: The...

    Thank you so much,That was so helpful to me actually,May I ask if there is any list that I can memorise!?
    Last edited by Comfy; 04-Jun-2012 at 17:14.

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    Re: The...

    Quote Originally Posted by Comfy View Post
    Thank you so much. That was so helpful to me actually. May I ask if there is any list that I can memorise? it!?
    There is no list that you can learn. When you have a specific question about whether or not you need an article and which article you need, you can come here for help.

    Please look at the amendments I have made to your post above. You need to check on the difference between a comma and a full stop. You used commas in your post where you should have used full stops.

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    Re: The...

    Thank for correcting my mistakes.

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