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    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #1

    MacDonald's

    Which sentence is correct?

    1.Shall we have lunch at the MacDonald's?
    2.Shall we have lunch at MacDonald's?

  1. Casiopea's Avatar

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    #2

    Re: MacDonald's

    1. Shall we have lunch at the MacDonald's?
    <ungrammatical; Which Macdonald's?>

    2. Shall we have lunch at MacDonald's? <grammatical>

    3. Shall we have lunch at the MacDonald's around the corner?
    <grammatical; the MacDonald's around the corner>

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    #3

    Re: MacDonald's

    Despite the fact that the fast-food chain sells a hamburger called the "Big Mac", the name of the chain is actually "McDonald's", without an "a".

    Some people believe that "Mac" is Scottish and "Mc" is Irish, but this isn't true: "Mc" is an abbreviation of "Mac". "McDonald" (or "MacDonald") means something like "son of son of Donald", and became a surname in modern times. McDonald's is named after the brothers who founded the company.

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    #4

    Re: MacDonald's

    "Big Mac" isn't a mnemonic?
    Thanks Rewboss.

    Shall we eat at the MacDonald's (house)?
    <the family's last name; grammatical>

    Psst. Some Canadians call McDonald's Mickey D's. You would think that would help me remember the spelling!

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