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    Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    By Google Search, I found 'The New York City Housing Authority'.
    The article 'the' is used before the name. Should it be regarded as an exception to the general rule below?
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    In English, the general rule is that if the name of the city comes first, don't use the article.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    In this particular example, it is "the housing authority" of "New York City". There is, presumably, only one housing authority there. If that's not correct, then the definite article is inappropriate.

    I believe that, when I gave the information you posted, I was referring to things like "London Bridge" or similar. There is more than one bridge in London so it's not appropriate to use the article.

    In any case, you should know by now that very few of our "rules" are hard and fast. There are exceptions to every rule and there is plenty of quirkiness in the English language.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    By Google Search again, I found 'American Housing Authority', where no article is used.
    'American' is an adjective rather than a name. Why is 'the' not used before 'Housing Authority'?

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    On Google, indefinite and definite articles are frequently omitted from the hits.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    In real life, there are occasions when the use or omission of an article makes no difference.

    I consider this to be one of them.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    "The New York City Housing Authority" is very common and quite normal.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    Matthew, I have never heard of "American Housing Authority". When I searched Google, there were very few hits and many dealt with "Afro-American" and "Native American".

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is more than one bridge in London so it's not appropriate to use the article.
    Assuming that there is only one bridge in a place named Utopia, it is appropriate to say 'the Utopia Bridge'?

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    That depends on what the locals call it.

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    Re: Why is the article 'the' used in 'The New York City Housing Authority'?

    I found 'the Washington Post' in the Longman Dictionary.
    Is there only one 'Post' in Washington, so it is appropriate to use 'the' before 'Washington' which is a name?
    I always write 'the Longman Dictionary'. Is it correct to use 'the'?

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