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    The + river

    How would you explain the need to use “the” in front of a name of a river (the Themes, the Nile etc.)? Is it just a sort of tradition or do you see a river as probably a complex of its banks, the bed, the water and so forth? And would it be really a big mistake to drop “the” when one talks about rivers?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: The + river

    I just think of the water.

    ...would it be really a big mistake to drop “the” when one talks about rivers?
    Yes — unless you're using it adjectivally or attributively:

    'I fell in the river at Liverpool; believe me—you don't want to swallow a mouthful of Mersey water'.

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