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    "the" with geographical names

    Dear friends,

    My question is about using "the" together with geographical names and historical exhibits:

    1) Now we're driving along the (?) Palace Embankment and soon we'll see the buildings of the Hermitage museum

    2) Now we're crossing the (?) Palace Bridge over the Neva River

    3) We've come to the (?) Council Staircase which leads to the ground floor of the New Hermitage

    Do we need "the" in all these cases?

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    #2

    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Yes, they're all correct.
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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    If Palace Embankment and Palace Bridge are names, then we would not use the article in BrE.

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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If Palace Embankment and Palace Bridge are names, then we would not use the article in BrE.
    What do you mean by "names"? Actually, my questions can be reformulated the following way:

    1) Do we need "the" before the names of bridges?

    2) Do we need "the" before the names of embankments?

    3) Do we need "the" before the names of staircases?

    Thanks

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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    We don't normally need 'the' before than names of anything. For example, here in Prague we have Charles Bridge. That is the English name for it. It is not The Charles Bridge.

    I underlined 'normally' because it's easy to think of examples that are different - the Eiffel Tower springs immediately to mind. Perhaps somebody else can come up with a more helpful response. My brain is dead at the moment.

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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Only the Charles Bridge works for my AmE ears. On the other hand, it's "London Bridge", never The London Bridge.
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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Only the Charles Bridge works for my AmE ears. .
    That does surprise me. Few, if any, of the expat Americans here would use the definite article.

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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That does surprise me. Few, if any, of the expat Americans here would use the definite article.
    Named bridges in the States take the definite article, if my mental inventory is at all accurate. The Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Brent Spence Bridge, etc.
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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    But we do have (The) Embankment in London- I hear it with and without the article.

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    Re: "the" with geographical names

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We don't normally need 'the' before than names of anything.
    Some things do generally take an article- museums and are galleries mostly do.

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